6 “Digital Life” Hacks, for Your Passwords!

In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, here are 6 tips to making solid passwords, to help protect your digital life. http://www.intel.com/lifehacks

Special thanks to Intel and McAfee for supporting this project!

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Intel / McAfee and their request to come up with “digital life” hacks, for methods of creating strong passwords, practical for everyday users.


The ideas and examples demonstrated in the video are suggestions for practical development of strong memorable passwords based on my personal research and experience. Having a strong password will not guarantee your accounts cannot be compromised. There are many people with many ways to trick you into giving out personal information. See below for links to more information on how you can be better protected. Use of video content is at own risk.

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Helpful Hints for Extra Security:

– Have you already been hacked? .. Contact your web service and follow steps for recovering account. Change passwords to all compromised accounts asap. You can find contact information and guidance at http://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/keep-a-clean-machine/hacked-accounts
– Never click the link on an email that asks you to log into your account. For example, if you get an email claiming to be from “Paypal”, “eBay” or any other sensitive site asking you to log in, it’s probably a phishing scam. To be safe, log into the account by going directly to their website.
– Avoid forwarding emails to multiple recipients. Forwarding mass emails is a great way for hackers to collect lists of passwords, and begin phishing for sensitive personal information. To be save, avoid forwarding mass emails, and do not click on links in suspicious emails.
– If an email looks suspicious, don’t even open it.

Why write down passwords on a piece of paper?

“Simply, people can no longer remember passwords good enough to reliably defend against dictionary attacks, and are much more secure if they choose a password too complicated to remember and then write it down. We’re all good at securing small pieces of paper. I recommend that people write their passwords down on a small piece of paper, and keep it with their other valuable small pieces of paper: in their wallet.”
—Bruce Schneier, 2005

Like any security measure, super strong passwords will not guarantee you ultimate protection, but these ideas are simple, and are certainly the first line of defense in protecting your accounts.

Once again, special thanks to http:/www.intel.com/lifehacks for supporting this project. Be sure to check out http:/www.intel.com/lifehacks for digital life hacks like these, as well as a chance to win a free Ultrabook.TM