Making Technology Work for Youhttp://www.marketwatch.com/story/making-technology-work-for-you-2012-05-31
MISSION, KS, May 31, 2012 (MARKETWIRE viaCOMTEX) -- (Family Features) With technologydominating more and more of peoples personal andprofessional lives, its easy to lose track of passwordsfor smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and more.In addition, for many people, keeping track of onlineuser names and passwords for various accounts --email, shopping, social networks, etc. -- has alsobecome a hassle, and therefore an inconvenience.In fact, according to a survey conducted by Norton bySymantec, when given a list of potentially challengingactivities, 40 percent of people ranked rememberingpasswords among one of the top three most difficulttasks. This ranking preceded even balancing acheckbook.
That same survey also found that 70 percent ofrespondents had forgotten at least one password in asingle month, which is why for many, opting for aneasier-to-remember, though weaker password ispreferred. But weak passwords leave accounts anddevices more vulnerable to hackers and scam artists,which also plays a role in identity theft. Therefore, itsimportant to create strong passwords.Creating a Strong Password According to the UnitedStates Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), following these steps can help you create astronger password:
-- Use a combination of both uppercase and lowercase letters,numbers and special characters when possible.-- Longer passwords are more complicated and thus stronger. If awebsite allows for passwords between six to eight characters,make sure to take advantage of the longer character allowance.-- Refrain from using personal dates, such as birthdays, ornames, such as those of your spouse or child. This informationcan be discovered by people within your social circle, as well ashackers, so creating codes around words youll remember makesfor stronger passwords, rather than full words or names.-- Do not use the same password across multiple accounts. Forexample, if you have created a password for online banking, donot use that same password to access your work or personalemail account.
For more tips on creating a stronger, less vulnerablepassword, visit http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips .Conveniently and Safely Store Your Passwords Forthose who have difficulty remembering complicatedpasswords however, new services can lend a hand.Norton Identity Safe -- a free service -- allows you toconveniently save and synchronize your passwords onall your devices, while keeping you safe and secure.The service also allows you to avoid potentially riskywebsites, and share URLs via email and social networkssafely through Identity Safe itself.
With Identity Safe you can log in with a single, masterpassword, then access all of your other accounts andpasswords through your work or personal computer, orvia the app on an iPhone, iPad or Android device.While it may be tempting to create simple passwordsto use across multiple devices or accounts, taking thetime to create secure passwords can save you fromhaving to sort out fraudulent charges on banking orcredit accounts. It can also save you from the time-consuming process of having to recover from thedamages of identity theft.
To learn more about making technology work for you,visithttps://identitysafe.norton.com/?inid=hho_Various_us_2012_Jun_IdentitySafe_Matte .About Family Features Editorial Syndicate This andother food and lifestyle content can be found atwww.editors.familyfeatures.com . Family Features is aleading provider of free food and lifestyle content foruse in print and online publications. Register with noobligation to access a variety of formatted andunformatted features, accompanying photos, andautomatically updating Web content solutions.