If you have read the news lately, passwords are becoming a target of attack. Organized crime has figured out how to profit using the internet and is hiring hackers to write code to harvest passwords. The security tip this week is how to protect yourself from being a victim.

The best practice is to pick a password that has nothing to do with you. You do not want a child’s name or parent’s name. The place you grew up is also bad. I also suggest using the letters of a phrase. For example you can use the first letters and the numbers in the following phrase, (I do not like the cold in January 2012!). It would look like this Idnltcij2012! It makes a strong password you can remember.

Also remember to use multiple passwords, that way if you are compromised you limit your exposure.