Why you never give out your passwords to anyone

It is a matter of great concern that many people do not exercise sufficient caution when it comes to their choice of internet passwords and also keeping those passwords confidential. While it is down to the individual as to how he or she lives their life, it is heartbreaking to see what ensues when the wrong person gets hold of someone else's internet passwords.

Don't give away your passwords

Some people take the view that they can trust their close friends with their passwords. In fact, some couples operate a joint account for many services and they both use the same password to log in to the single account. If you trust your spouse or partner one hundred percent, you are free to do as you please, but you should know that you could be opening up a giant-sized tin can of worms. After all, the divorce statistics paint one hell of a gloomy picture as to the likely statistical chances of marriages standing the test of time. If you want to take the risk, it is up to you, but you can bet that giving out passwords to a spouse could come back to bite you in the long run. That's because angry lovers and spouses often feel strongly inclined to take their revenge, and knowing someone's password gives such people ample scope for satisfying their rage.

The same goes for close friends and business associates. As with marriages and romantic relationships, these friendships and business partnerships can easily turn sour. It is so easy for one's friend to end up as one's enemy, so it is exceedingly unwise to give them the ammunition to do serious damage, e.g. by granting them access to your internet accounts.

Protect your passwords as well

While the worst thing you can ever do is hand someone your password on a plate, there are other dangers. For example, if you fail to hide your passwords, that could also provide an opportunity for someone who wants to do you harm. This is illustrated by the fact that many people have difficulty remembering their various passwords, so their solution is to write them all down in a notebook or diary.

Such notebooks and crib sheets are often kept near to the owner's computer, which once again should be a red alert from the point of view of computer security. If someone whom you once trusted becomes your enemy, it may be that they will get a thirst for revenge. Do your friends and associates know that you store all your passwords in a little book? If so, do they know where you keep that book? The more you think about it, the more you will begin to realize that your passwords could be at high risk of being stolen, so you should take the appropriate steps to stop this from becoming a reality.

How to keep passwords safe

In the first place, you must never disclose your passwords to anyone, in case they should turn against you at some point in the future. Furthermore, you should not write down your passwords in an easily accessible crib sheet or guidebook. But the precautions you must take don't stop there by any means.

Really and truly, password security extends to how you construct the passwords in the first place. If you use passwords that are really obvious and easy to guess, you might as well have told people those passwords. In other words, if somebody hates you and wants to do you harm, they will be assisted in such cases where your passwords are easy as pie to guess. After all, somebody can go to your account and try logging in with weak passwords like your name or birthday. If you are stupid enough to use such things for passwords, your enemies could succeed in breaking into your accounts and wreaking havoc. This is where it pays to think of unique passwords that your enemies will not be able to guess in a month of Sundays.

Our tip for secure password creation is to use combinations of letters and numbers, and to make the number of characters quite large. In other words, the longer the password is, the harder it will be for any ordinary person to guess. Of course, longer passwords become harder to remember, so in the end it is a trade-off between easily remembered passwords and secure ones.

If you take the trouble to construct fiendishly obscure alphanumerical passwords, and you never give them out to anybody, and you don't write them down in an easy-to-snag crib sheet, you may be forgiven for thinking that you are firmly in the clear, so far as your internet security is concerned. However, there is one final precaution you should observe.

This precaution involves the storage of passwords on your computer. These days, many people prefer to let their browser take care of business, because storing passwords as part of the browser's preferences allows them to avoid having to memorize their many different passwords. In addition, it makes it possible to log in to a raft of websites and online services with just a single click. Unfortunately, this speed and convenience is counterbalanced by the creation of yet another security risk. If someone you know turns against you, they might take advantage of the settings on your computer to sneak into your account. Once logged in, they could change the password and lock you out of your own account!

Naturally, burglars and thieves would also be in a position to take advantage of these lax security settings if by any chance your computer or laptop came into their possession. This is why it is extremely unwise to enable this browser feature. Disabling the password storage feature might appear inconvenient, since it will require you to memorize your passwords and punch them into the relevant box each and every time you visit a website that requires you to log in, but the upside is that your security will not be compromised in the slightest.

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