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Treat Your Password Like a Toothbrush Second Rule

Treat Your Password Like a Toothbrush Second Rule

Never share it with anyone

Do NOT share your password with others. Don’t give your password to anyone, including your friends, your boss, a computer repair person, etc. Don’t write them down and keep them at your desk (even on a post-it under your keyboard - yes, I'm talking to you). Don't keep passwords in an unprotected file on your computer.

Password Security

social engineer is a person who will try to manipulate a computer user by using trust rather than exploiting computer security holes. Be aware of anyone who wants to log on to your machine to send a quick email or anyone who claims to be an administrator and requests a password for various purposes.

Never send your password through email. A new trick that hackers use is to try to get people to give away their passwords and other personal information through email. Reputable companies will never ask you to send a password through email. If you receive such a request, verify the company's real phone number or email address and notify them immediately by phone or through their website.

Phishing Scams

A phishing scam is when someone attempts to acquire your personal information by pretending to be a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Every day 80.000 people fall for a phishing scam and voluntarily give away their personal information, including their passwords, to a criminal.

For more details on what phishing schemes look like go to http://keepitsafe.auburn.edu/#never-share

Content release date: Thursday, October 20, 2016