Never Disclose or Share Your Passwords - Help Protect Yourself Online
It is very important to remember in times like these, where technology is a part of our lives and almost everyone is online, never to disclose our passwords to, or share them with, anyone! This is because passwords are mainly the only thing that protect us from someone stealing our money, identity, personal and financial information or other sensitive information. So, never disclose your passwords to anyone, even if you are asked to do so by your computer support team, Executive Director, Manager, Supervisor, or a technical support/customer service representative calling from a legitimate company, who claims that he/she needs your password in order to assist you.
Not sharing or disclosing your password is very important, but using a strong password or a password that is hard to guess, is also very important. Most persons will make their password as easy as "1,2,3" or "A,B,C" and therefore, make it easy for almost anyone to guess it. Most hackers gain access to password protected accounts simply by guessing the password or use a technique called “Brute-force Attack." This is why it is important not to use weak passwords.
A Brute-Force attack (also known as brute force cracking) is a trial and error method, where computer application programs are used to guess computer account passwords, by using thousands of different words. Most of the words used are taken from dictionaries, which is why it is NOT recommended to use words in the dictionary as your password.
If you have given someone your password, please change it immediately and do not reuse the password that you have disclosed. I know it is hard to come up with complex passwords, but think of the headaches that will result from the money you will have to spend, the money you will lose, the time you will waste to recover your identity and change your financial information. It may take weeks or even months to recover all that was stolen, and this recovery process is far more tedious and inconvenient that the two minutes or less it will take to create a strong password.
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