It’s always a smart idea to change your passwords frequently, and this is especially important when you are traveling and when you return from your travels. When you travel, you probably connect to unsecured wireless connections or possibly to monitored Internet connections, where you are putting data at risk.
I am not a security expert, but I would imagine that stealing passwords and/or hacking accounts isn’t too difficult for many computer experts. Making sure your passwords are updated is common sense, but I don’t always change them frequently, so this is a good reminder for me and hopefully for you.
Here are a few password protection tips:
- Change your passwords monthly or at least somewhat frequently, and as soon as you return home from a trip
- Make sure your passwords don’t overlap for email, registrar accounts, forums, bank accounts
- Use different user names for different websites and accounts when possible
- Use a password generation tool to make sure your passwords are random
- If you use Gmail, check your filters (in preferences) every so often to be sure someone didn’t log in to your account to create a filter that sends your email to someone else