Welcome to Week 22 of the 52 weeks to a better you journey.
This week we will take a baby step that doesn’t need to be done every day, just periodically. But it is something that is very important to improving our lives.
Change your passwords
What does changing my passwords have to do with becoming a better me?
Stay with me here.
Our lives are pretty much run by technology. It doesn’t matter if you want it that way or you fight it tooth and nail. The fact is that technology plays a huge role in our every day lives even when we don’t realize it. Something that comes with all of that technology is the way that we access it and protect it from other accessing it. In other words, passwords.
How many things would you say that you have a password for? Your banking, your phone, your social media, websites that you visit, security systems, etc. The list can go on indefinitely.
The thing is that when we become complacent with our passwords, like picking weak ones, using the same one for everything, or never changing them, we leave ourselves open to identity theft and our personal information being hacked.
If you have ever had your identity stolen or your credit card number hijacked, you know what a stressful and emotionally (as well as financially) painful experience this can be.
If you have never experienced your personal information being hacked in some fashion, you have been very lucky indeed.
Let me emphasis that: You have been very LUCKY indeed.
The thing is this. We can never be completely 100% secure in our digital lives. There are just some things out of our control. There are just some people that are 100 times better at cyber theft than we are. But being smarter about how we handle our digital presence can make it less likely that we will be a victim.
That translates to lowering our stress levels and improving our lives.
See how I brought that back around?
Did you know that most people do not change their passwords regularly and many people use really weak or easy to guess passwords?
I’m raising my hand here. I have definitely been guilty of both. It’s a big deal to change all of those passwords and to make them strong ones that are not the same across the board. Would you agree?
I actually need to take this baby step because I haven’t changed some of my passwords in awhile.
We need to be smart about cyber security.
Baby step for this week: Change your passwords. Not to something really simple and easy to hack; make it difficult for those cyber bullies to get at you. If you have thousands of passwords, then break this baby step down even farther by picking your top ten most important password protected spots and change those this week. Then come back in upcoming weeks and take another batch to change.
Here are some tips about passwords:
- Use letters and numbers in a combination that will read as a sentence to you. Example: DontBl8
- Use words together that wouldn’t ordinarily be used together. Example: SkinnyRock
- Use symbols and separate words. Example: Love$boats
- Use regular words misspelled (Not common misspellings though). Example: BeterBOvr
- Use eight or more characters with a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Do not use your birth date or any other special date.
- Do not use your name or the name of any people (or animals) you know.
- Do not use 12345, qwerty, password, or any other really obvious one.
What about you?
When was the last time you changed your passwords?
Do you have any tips for making passwords more secure and memorable?
Share your journey with us!