Keeping Personal Data Secure in - dummies

Keeping Personal Data Secure in

Part of For Dummies Cheat Sheet goes to great lengths to keep your financial information safe and sound. Your role in security begins with building a strong password. Following are some tips to help create a strong password that will keep your data even more secure.

  • Mix of uppercase and lowercase letters: MiNtExAmPlE

  • Numbers and symbols: Mint!Password101

  • Combination of unrelated words: Taxi!Monkey

  • 14 or more characters: Choose!Strong1Passwords

  • First letters of long sentences: ILMFDIIAGB! Would be based on the phrase, “I Love For Dummies. It is a great book!”

  • Frequent changes: Try to change your password every few months. You might consider using a word and adding a date, such as password10/10 for October 2010. And then, 60 days later, change it to password01/11 for January 2011.

  • Numbers other than your Social Security Number or things connected with your e-mail address:If your e-mail address is, don’t use smarty or dummies as a password.