How to Keep Your Password Safe and Secure By Kevin Fallon

In today’s digital world, people use the Internet for many purposes, ranging from email and blogging to shopping and banking. With the sharp rise in online activity over the past two decades, a pronounced need for identity security has arisen. To protect their online accounts and safeguard their personal information, people usually rely on the ubiquitous first line of defense: the password. One of the first developments in the field of Internet security, the password represents an individualized code that allows users to log in to their accounts. As such, it is important for Internet users to understand what constitutes a strong password and how they should protect their passwords from would-be identity thieves.

Don’t use the same password for multiple sites

Using the same password for every website is much like owning one key for multiple houses; if you lose the key and someone finds it, that person has immediate access to all of your property. Although using the same password on multiple sites may help you remember your password without having to write it down, it nevertheless increases your risk of identity theft.

Stay away from common passwords

Studies have shown that humans are notoriously bad at creating the necessary entropy for a secure password. Passwords such as “12345” and “asdfgh” are classic examples of insecure passwords that anyone can guess. In the same vein, you should avoid passwords with repeating combinations of characters. You should also steer clear of passwords containing dictionary words, the names of romantic partners, or biographical information such as a Social Security number.

Use different types of characters

When hackers attempt to steal your password, they typically start with words from the dictionary. Unfortunately, many people only use combinations of dictionary words in their passwords, often to help them remember. In general, the most secure passwords mix up character classes, which include lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Instead of using a password such as “football,” you should consider writing the word as “Fo0tB@Ll,” which incorporated four different character classes.

Keep your password private

After you have developed a secure password, you must make an effort to keep it safe. When you use a computer at an Internet café or hotel, always make sure that you have logged off all websites and closed the browser. Protect your wireless router with a password so people can’t access your information remotely. If you use online banking services, you should check your account at regular intervals for suspicious activity.

About the Author

A successful entrepreneur and business leader with years of experience in a number of fields, Kevin Fallon spent two years as the President of MX Logic, Inc., an Internet security company based in Denver, Colorado. During his time with MX Logic, Fallon raised more than $5 million in venture capital and increased revenue to $4.5 million per year within 15 months.

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About Kevin Fallon Colorado

Recognizing the need for environmental sustainability in the waste management industry, Kevin Fallon co-founded City Bin International, www.citybinint.com, in 2009 with The City Bin Co. CEO, Gene Browne. The international business with European headquarters in Galway, Ireland, and North American headquarters in Denver, Colorado leverages technology developed in Ireland by The City Bin Co. Using the company’s Smart Waste software platform, Kevin Fallon’s City Bin International provides a business process outsource (BPO) service that allows waste management companies and municipalities to manage waste collection more effectively with an emphasis on the customer. The results are phenomenal with customer satisfaction rates of 99%, more than 50% improvement in recycling and 60% improvement operating performance. Helping businesses streamline operations and creating opportunities for growth have been hallmarks of Kevin Fallon’s career. Graduated as an electrical engineer from Drexel University, Kevin Fallon later earned a Master of Business Administration from the prestigious Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Following his self-funded academic endeavors, Kevin Fallon worked at some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies, eventually founding his own strategic consulting business in Colorado. While working toward his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Kevin Fallon held a position as a Design Engineer at Harowe Servo Controls and later, RCA Space Division. After graduation, Kevin Fallon joined a two-year management development training program at General Electric Company. Ultimately, Kevin Fallon moved into field sales and marketing for General Electric. In 1982, Kevin Fallon founded the custom software solutions company, All-Control Systems. Much of the success of All-Control was due to the dedication and vision of Kevin Fallon, as well as his foresight into businesses’ growing dependence on technology. In 1997, Kevin Fallon orchestrated the merger of All-Control Systems with Colorado-based TAVA Technologies, Inc., creating a national platform for the company and its business model. Later, Kevin Fallon served as President of the cloud-based e-mail security and archiving company MX Logic, Inc., that was ultimately acquired by McAfee, Inc. Kevin Fallon also performed as President and Chief Executive Officer for software company Pelion Systems, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado where he orchestrated the acquisition of JCIT in Denver, Colorado to form DemandPoint, a Colorado company.
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