Online Password Safety Tips For You and Your Family

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If you spend any amount of time online you likely have several accounts and passwords to manage. If you are savvy to online safety you already know that you need to regularly change your passwords and to make them complex so they are not easily guessed. 

But do your children know about password safety? 

Have you taken the time to explain to them how to protect their privacy online by properly managing their passwords?

If you aren’t already discussing password safety with your child, you should start. Password security is one of many child identity theft tips that Identity Guard can help you be aware of. 

The following strong password guidelines from Microsoft will help you in creating a safe password for yourself and assist  you in  children to do the same: 

A strong password:

  • Is at least eight characters long.

  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.

  • Does not contain a complete word.

  • Is significantly different from previous passwords.

  • Contains characters from each of the following four categories:

    Character category Examples

    Uppercase letters

    A, B, C

    Lowercase letters

    a, b, c

    Numbers

    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

    Symbols found on the keyboard (all keyboard characters not defined as letters or numerals) and spaces

    ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ – + = { } [ ] m\ | : ; ” ‘ < > , . ? /

Microsoft also recommends changing your password every 30 to 90 days depending on what the password is used for.

Password safety and security is just one facet of the many identity theft facts and tips that you need to be aware of in order to protect the privacy and security of yourself and your loved ones online. You can check out the Identity Guard Blog for more tips on protecting your child’s identity.

Now that you are educated on password safety, it’s important that you pass along the information to your children as well. It’s never too early to start learning how to protect your identity. 

The criminals don’t care how old your child is when they steal their identity. Help prevent them from being a victim by keeping them informed of the risks and ways to protect themselves.

Identity Guard® can help safeguard you and your child from the threats of identity theft. If you are interested in learning more about identify they offer excellent resources. Identity Guard® also offers a specialized service to safeguard your child from the threat of identity theft called kIDsure.  Get Identity Guard, to protect yourself and your family from hi-tech criminals.  You can  learn more by downloading  three FREE e-books right now .

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