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There are multiple points where a cyber security breach can take place – on your computer, through your email inbox, on your server, over email form submissions … no matter the technology, you must take extra precaution not to allow a security hack.
Many email programs, servers and websites are now secured with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) which encrypts your information and transactions between your device and servers. For your emails, you might need to change the settings to adapt the SSL transactions, so reach out to your service provider and make sure that’s set up for you. Many devices such as the iPhone, by default, will set up your mail servers via SSL.
Even if you do have SSL turned on for your emails and online forms, such as your online banking logins, etc., we still recommend you give some thought to your passwords and update them on regular basis.
Although requirements are different from site to site, or server to server, you should consider these basic Dos and Don’ts for creating secure passwords:
Don’t use “password” or “1234” as your password – it’s too easy to guess.
Don’t use your username as your password.
Don’t use confidential information like your social security number.
Don’t store these passwords on your desktops, or on a sticky note somewhere.
Don’t use the same password for all sites.
Don’t use any public information like your phone number.
Do combine words and numbers, if you want easy to remember.
Do select “do not save passwords" when using someone else’ computer.
Do combine uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and if allowed, special characters.
Even if you have a hard-to-crack password, you should still update it every 3 - 6 months. We recommend you update all your passwords at the same time so you don’t forget one or the other.