January is a great time to change your passwords and review your security practices for 2020
I bet you haven't changed your Password since "Last Year." Probably a safe bet given December of 2019 was only a few days ago.
So start the year with New Passwords and Security Practices. This article reviews passwords and basic security practices for an individual at work, home, and around town.
The main problem with most passwords is they are too short. The second biggest problem is people keep the same passwords too long. Both these issues are easy to solve. A password should be more than 10 digits and contain several special characters in it along with some numbers.
Change Passwords? How Often?
How often you change your passwords is a combination of personal preference and risk. For example, if you work in a bank, financial institution, corporation, or government entity you have a high risk and should change your passwords often. Your organization may have a recommended maximum time length to keep passwords, check and see to make sure you are in compliance. For high risk occupations you should change your password Monthly.
If you are just a regular citizen in a low risk profession or retired then you can get away with keeping the same password for a while, but you should still change it several times a year.
These are general guidelines based on best practices for individuals, small businesses, government, and corporations and may be subject to change. Stay alert and keep your data safe! :)