Five things you do to put your computer at risk

1.  You store your passwords on a shared computer 

Your stored password is safe, right?  It’s hidden behind those dots or asterisks.  Wrong! There’s a simple snippet of javascript code that, if typed into your browser, produces  a box that displays your password.  It might as well have wrapping paper and a  pretty bow–it’s like a gift to someone trying to break into your email!   Don’t store passwords on shared computers.

2.  You use an easy-to-guess password

The top list of “worst passwords” (according to splashdata) includes passwords with sequential numbers and easy-to-guess words, such as–you guessed it: passwordSuffice to say:  password12345 isn’t a good choice for a password. To be safe, use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.

3.  You allow yourself to become a victim of phishing scams

Phishing is attempting to obtain personal information by sending a fake login form to an unsuspecting mark.  A good example of this is a phisher sending you a link to reset your bank password.  As a rule, don’t click email links asking you to reset your password or validate any account information.

4.  You use universal passwords for all of your accounts  

Don’t use the same passwords for all of your accounts.  If someone is determined to break into all of your accounts, at least make it difficult.

5.  You click on links or open attachments without considering the source 

Don’t click on a link unless you know it’s from a trusted source…and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!