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FYI Corner: Good Online Security Habits


With so much of our day-to-day lives tied so closely to the Internet, whether it be for work or personal use, it's important to make sure that information we pass across the web waves is secure.

With that in mind, we thought we should devote this week's FYI Corner to some personal online security best practices. It's important to make sure that passwords that protect your sensitive information are "strong" and varied. By strong we mean secure, using over six characters, and utilizing numbers, letters, and non-standard characters. It's also good practice to not use the same password across multiple sites or systems. If one system is compromised, this will help limit the damage that can be done.

However, if you’re anything like us, you have dozens of systems and sites to log into that you need to do your everyday jobs, and memorizing a different password for each system would be a pain. In order to combat the challenge of remembering multiple passwords across multiple sites, the development team at PBS Interactive recommends using a password manager product, such as a product called 1Password (http://agilebits.com/products/1Password). 1Password allows users to set unique, strong passwords for every site they use; these passwords are then encrypted and stored on the user’s machine for quick access.

As interaction over the internet grows increasingly complex, it's important to remember that security can never be overlooked. As you reset your passwords across your various logins, adopting 1Password – or a similar product – can help store and manage your passwords.

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