Why Is It Important To Change Your Online Passwords?

Your computers carry a lot of sensitive and important data, so keeping that data safe is a major priority! One security tip for computer users is to constantly change your passwords  to something new, but it may not always be   clear why you need to do so. Changing your password avoids several dangers, here are a few tips and ticks as to why you need to update your password regularly!

 

Limit Multiple Account Breaches

It can be tempting to use the same password on every account you have, whether for computers and network equipment or online accounts, as it’s much easier to remember just one. However, it also means that if someone figures out your password, they can gain access to every account you have. Changing your passwords to something different and unique to each account will make it so that even if someone does guess one password, they cannot use it for anything else.

Limit Guesswork

If you use the same password for long stretches of time, you increase the risk of someone guessing your password. Whether it’s from someone watching you type in your password several times or someone repeatedly trying to guess it, the longer you have the same password, the longer people will try to find out what it is. Don’t let people watch you log in to your accounts, and avoid using short, easy-to-guess words or phrases.

Choosing a Good Password

When coming up with a new password, you want something that can be safe from guesswork and hacking attempts. You may be tempted to use a long password, but quality is much more important than quantity. Hacking programs can guess passwords by combining random words and phrases together, as well as any information relevant to you. To combat this, avoid using any personal information such as dates, addresses or names. Also avoid using simple words and phrases, use random combinations of numbers, letters and symbols that can still be easy to remember. For example, instead of “password” which should never be used under any circumstance, you could use “p4$$w0rD.” It is still the same word, and still short, but far harder to guess either by human or program.

 

 

 

 

 

Finding An Antivirus That Works For You

Everyone with a computer needs antivirus, but with so many to choose from how can you pick which software is best for you?

First

Narrow down your options based on the operating system you use. If you’re planning to upgrade soon or downgrade, take that all into consideration.

Second

Assess how you use your computer. Are you a heavy web surfer, a gamer or have an older computer? How you use your computer will dictate the level of protection you need. For example, a gamer will appreciate antivirus software that recognizes when games or media are being played and suppresses any non-essential alerts or activities. Someone with an older computer will likely need to be concerned with system impact and performance, as well as facing the added challenge of finding antivirus that supports the older operating system.

Third

Detection, detection, detection. While you’re checking for certification, be sure to check out the test scores. Pick the antivirus software that consistently delivers the highest detection and proactive protection scores. After all, this is the main reason you’re getting antivirus software – to prevent and detect viruses.

Fourth

Finally, evaluate. Narrow the selection down to 2 or maybe 3 antivirus scanners, then proceed to test each one. This may seem tedious, but it can save you a lot of anxiety (and hard-earned cash) if you take the time to try it first. No matter how well the antivirus software vendors try, every computer system is unique and some antivirus scanners may not play nice on your computer. It’s important to find this out before you make the purchase.