Web Security Tip: Change Passwords As You Change Filters

Web Security Tip: Change Passwords As You Change Filters

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Taryn Williford
Aug 17, 2011

We know that it's a good habit to routinely change our secure online passwords. But we also acknowledge the idea is similar to the practice of daily flossing: often considered and known as "better safe than sorry" practice, but ultimately not always integrated as a regular habit. If you want a recurring mental nudge to restyle your passwords, we have a handy prompt for you...

It turns out that the general advice on how frequently you should change your password corresponds fittingly with the advice on how frequently your should change your air conditioner or furnace's air filter.

So we're proposing some advice: Each time you switch out a dusty filter, use it as a mnemonic to change your online passwords. Banks, email accounts—everything all at once.

How frequently should that be? Well, advice on both topics varies. When you should change your air filter depends on everything from your allergies to your pets (Check out How Often Should I Replace My Air Filter? for the skinny). And when it comes to passwords, no recurrence of revisions is going to keep you 100 percent protected against hacking and fraud.

But really, if you're taking care of both your filters and your passwords at least a few times each year, you're light years ahead of the rest of the population—and far less vulnerable to online scams.


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