There is never a bad time to review password and social security safety. Always remember to do the following to make sure that your personal information remains secure.

  • Change your passwords monthly or  quarterly
  • If you are using the same password on multiple sites, change it everywhere you use it.  But, in the future, use unique passwords for each web site you log into. If a hacker gets one of them, he or she will try it everywhere until it works
  • Use complex passwords that are at least eight characters long and include upper case and lower case letters, numbers. If the web site will let you use a special character such as a “!” or “$” in your password, do so
  • Don’t leave passwords lying around in plain sight and if you can avoid writing them down and still remember them, do that
  • Don’t share your passwords with anyone
  • Protect your social security number. It’s valuable to you and others who may not use it for good
  • It may be convenient. But, don’t store your credit card numbers on a website when you make online purchases
  • Shred all documents that contain private information before throwing them out
  • Teach your children how to keep themselves as safe as possible when using the Internet. Even they can become victims identity theft
  • Always use common sense

Try to get in the habit of changing passwords. Associate it with something you do regularly like changing batteries in your smoke detectors. Before you know it, it’ll just be second nature.

Donovan Fox © Copyright 2017 SDFCU