The old cliche goes ‘New Year, New You’. But I think it should be ‘New Year, New Password’.

Not a day goes by that I don’t see a report about hacking. We know the risks, but we don’t protect ourselves properly. There are a few measures we can take. For starters, make sure your computer has antivirus software installed. If you have Windows, Windows Microsoft Essentials offers free basic coverage with an option to upgrade. For Mac users, Avast is a great free option.

Once you’ve established a good antivirus, anti-ransomware software, consider your passwords. When was the last time it was changed and how difficult is it to crack? I do believe changing your password too often can do more harm than good. You might not remember the new password which could lead to a paper trail with your password written down somewhere for all to see. Consider the difficulty of your password. Trustno1 — Trust us, you don’t want Trustno1 as your password. It’s on the common top 25 list according to BGR. Avoid using personal information such as your name, children’s name, birthdates and team names.

Password ideas. Acronyms are always a good choice! For instance:
Red Pepper for Lunch and Dinner Keep the Doctor Away!

Changing your password once a year is a preventable measure to help minimize risk. If you suspect your account has been compromised change your password immediately. And make sure to have a great, anti-hacking new year!

Written by Julia Pinski