| |Practice good password management.
In this digital era, almost any service we use requires a username and password. To avoid identity theft and fraud, it is important to ensure that your passwords are strong and not susceptible to being hacked by criminals seeking your personal information. To help you protect all your valuable personal information, find a list of tips below on creating and protecting your passwords:
- Create a strong password. New guidance suggests the length of your password may be more important than how complicated its combination of letters and numbers is.
- Do not use your birthday, social insurance number, place of birth, or any other personal information.
- Do not share your password with anyone.
- As tempting as it may be to use one password for all your accounts Ė donít! Having multiple accounts makes it harder to remember each unique and strong password, but password management software can help.
- Beware of phishing scams where a criminal attempts to trick you into giving out your username or password information by pretending to be a site administrator or employee of a company. For more information on different types of frauds, visit our frauds and scams page.