Are you worried about being hacked? In this Scambook video, Kevan offers some quick easy tips on how to create a secure, unique online password that even your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend will never figure out. We know it can be difficult to remember a complex password with lots of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, symbols and numbers, but we promise that it’s worth the effort. You don’t want a password that’s too easy to guess or else someone may hack into your Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Youtube, online bank or other internet accounts. Easy passwords can also lead to serious identity theft and other dangers. Surveys have shown that one of the most popular passwords is “password” — don’t be that guy or girl!
This is Kevan’s special trick for creating a secure, unique password. Instead of trying to remember a long combination of random characters, just think of a pass phrase like “please love me.” Kevan uses upper and lowercase letters, substitutes numbers for letters and adds symbols for spaces. So “please love me” becomes “P!3a53*L0v3*M3.” Whether you use Kevan’s method or develop your own, it’s vital that you follow these rules for creating a password:
1. Make your passphrase 8 characters or more. The longer, the better.
2. Don’t use private personal info, dictionary words, addresses, pet names or other unique information like your favorite food.
3. Don’t use numbers that have meaning to you. NEVER use your birthday, Social Security Number, phone number, address, ATM PIN or your Driver’s License number. Don’t use numbers associated with your family or close friends, either, like your parents’ wedding anniversary or your daughter’s birthday. Someone else may know this info or be able to get it from your Facebook page. And don’t use 12345678.
4. Don’t ever use a password that’s related to your screen name or user login. If your username is LennonFan, don’t make your password Yoko Ono.
You should also use a different password for every website you join. That way, if someone DOES hack one of your passwords, they won’t be able to access all your other accounts. We also recommend that you change your passwords every 3 months to stay extra safe.