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

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

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

Finally, if you need to remember passwords, use a tool such as password safe to keep your passwords secure. It will provide an encrypted database that if is is compromised, you will not have given someone the keys to your Kingdom.