Consumer Advice, Realtor Advice

Setting up Hack-Proof Passwords

Save PasswordsIt’s a sad state of affairs—but millions of passwords have been stolen as recently as last week!  Think Home Depot.

So, someone did a study on HOW we choose our passwords in the first place – and here’s what NOT TO DO:


  • Don’t use the same password across multiple websites.
  • Don’t use security questions that anyone can find out about you (e.g., hometown, pet’s name, birth or wedding date).
  • Don’t use “remember me” options on your computer if using a public Wi-Fi.
  • Don’t use common passwords like “123456” or “password.”

Here are some ways to keep your passwords secure:

  • Create longer passwords – It’s recommended that you use a minimum of 10 characters, including numbers and symbols.
  • Use a phrase, song or book title – If the combo of letters and number is difficult to remember, use something easier to recall. Book title: GoneWithTheWind. Song title: ChickenFried. Phrase: Iamawesome.
  • Store passwords in a secure place – A handwritten cheat sheet is okay, but don’t store them in a doc on your computer.
  • Use a Password Manager – You’ll find online services to store all your User Names and Passwords. They are encrypted and all you need is one master password to access all your other info.

Any other ideas?  Please enter in the comments below or email me directly and I’ll publish an up-to-date list.  Email:

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