Friday, August 28, 2015

Best Practices for Keeping your online data safe and to protect your privacy


Whether it is an email or online net banking or bill payment portal login, Always the password you set

  • should contain a minimum of 8 and maximum of 15 characters
  • comprise of characters taken from at least 3 of 4 groups, containing
    • at least one uppercase character (A-Z)
    • at least one lowercase character (a-z)
    • at least one number (0-9)
    • at least one special character (!, @, #, $, ^, &, *, ~, space)


Your password should NOT be:

  • same as your user name or full name
  • a word in any language
  • containing single quotes (') or double quotes (")
  • based on personal information, names of family members, etc.
  • difficult to remember

  • You could create a password based on a song title, an affirmation, or some other phrase. (e.g., "myLaptop" or better "Atging!", which is short for: "All that glitters is not gold!". (This is an example; start creating your own!) 

  • Don't reveal your password :
    • over the phone to anyone
    • in an email message
    • to family members
    • to co-workers while on vacation
    • in front of others , public place
    • on questionnaires or security forms
    • with its format (e.g., "my family name")

If you suspect there is some unexpected login for your online account, immediately change your password and if possible inquire the transaction or history of latest activities.