11 Steps to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft: Step 9

Step 9: Use creative passwords.

 Creative passwords better protect your information. Select intricate passwords on your credit cards, debit/bank cards, phone accounts and internet accounts. Stay away from obvious choices such as your mother’s maiden name, a pet’s name, your birth date, or anything else that might be easily available.

If the password criteria allows for it try mixing letters and numbers in the same word and using pass-phrases rather than passwords.  For instance:

R3t1r3S3cur3 = (RetireSecure)!

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