Account and password security - Tips

To keep your account and online activities private and secure, we suggest to follow the tips below:

  1. Never let the system remember any of your passwords. While systems provide this as a matter of convenience, this is the most common 'hack'.
  2. Password-protect your Windows system so that when it goes to sleep, you have to enter a password to get back in.
  3. Do not write your password down where somebody can find it.
  4. Do not leave your account logged on if others can access your computer/device.
  5. Always choose a strong password
    • Never use a word that can be found in a dictionary
    • Never use User ID, kids names, birthdays, friends names or a password related to the site
    • Make it lengthy (at least 8 characters long), the longer the password, the more secure it is
    • Combine letters, numbers and symbols
  6. Never share your account password with anyone. You would not let someone else access your online banking account, so why let someone else access your account?
  7. Do not use the same password in any two locations. We understand it makes it easy to have the same password everywhere but it also makes it easy for hackers.
  8. When changing passwords, never re-use an older password, nor any variant of it.
  9. Do not fall prey to scams and hustles where others want to access your account. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If someone chats with you online claiming to be your close buddy who wants a and ask first.
  10. Never log into Windows to play poker as Administrator or equivalent. Use a restricted user account to ensure keyloggers or Trojans have a much more difficult time gaining access.
  11. Windows Firewall will not protect you sufficiently, as it only blocks attacks from the outside from getting in. Use one of the following: Norton, McAfee, ZoneAlarm, Kaspersky. Additionally, use at least two good spyware scanners.
  12. Virus/Trojan/Spyware Scanners only detect things they know about. It is still possible to catch a customized piece of spyware or a keylogger that has never been reported to the scanner authors. Thus, exercise good judgment when deciding what to download.
  13. Here is the hard one: do not play from anybody else's computer/device. Consider this: You go to all the trouble to protect your computer/device and Account with the steps we have outlined above. Now you sit down at somebody else's laptop/device and type in your user ID and password.


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