Attackers are always hunting for usernames and passwords, and they will do whatever it takes to capture them. Once stolen, they can access, manipulate, and destroy sensitive data and even make fraudulent purchases in your name. So, you see, there are plenty of reasons to protect your credentials. In this edition of our Cybersecurity Awareness Month Series, we provide tips to keep your credentials safe!
Tips to Safeguard Your Credentials
- Before entering your username and password, verify the web address.
- BEWARE: fake websites can copy the layout of the original page, changing the web address by just a few characters.
- Watch out for emails leading to web pages that ask for your credentials. When in doubt, do not divulge any personal information.
- Use unique passwords. Do not use the same password for more than one account.
- Do not write your passwords down.
- Create passwords that are easy to remember but difficult for attackers to guess.
- Use a password manager, if allowed by your organization.
- Never use your work credentials to create personal accounts.
- Avoid storing credentials automatically in your browser.
- Change your password at least once a year or when your account has been compromised.
- Never share your passwords with others. They are personal and should never be revealed.