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Proving Your Love: Password Sharing?

February 9th, 2016 · No Comments · Identity Theft

by Credit Info Center

(Last Updated On: May 18, 2017)

Proving Your Love: Password Sharing?Yes, it’s important for the people we love to know we trust them. But can’t we do that without sharing our passwords? Today’s teens and young adults don’t seem to think so, as the FTC says password sharing is a growing trend among them.

Of course, the FTC advises against password sharing at all, warning of the potential pitfalls during relationships and after (if and when they go bad):

“Think about it. If you give someone your password, they not only have access to your private information, they also can change your password and lock you out of your account completely. On social networks, anyone with your password can post on your behalf. Imagine what an ex-friend or ex-girlfriend/boyfriend could say (as you) and the damage it could cause to your reputation or job prospects.”

Of course, young people don’t have a monopoly on this practice. No doubt people of all ages share their passwords too.

Here’s the thing, though.

Couldn’t you build even more trust with the opposite approach?

You might trust someone a lot more who doesn’t want your password – someone who says, hey, you know you shouldn’t be sharing that with anyone. That might tell you they not only have zero interest in gaining access to your personal information; they also want you to take the protection of that information more seriously. That sounds like a great person to share your password with, but you never know how a relationship is going to change or, at the very least, how sharing that password with one trustworthy person could end up inadvertently exposing it to someone else you don’t know or trust at all.

Show Your Password Some Love

Here’s what a strong password looks like:

  • At least 8 characters
  • At least one capital letter, number, and non-alphanumeric character
  • No names or birthdates
  • No obvious words or phrases

It’s also a good idea to have unique passwords (and usernames) for highly sensitive accounts. For instance, you don’t want your Twitter password and username to be the same as for your checking account.

Also, be sure to write your passwords down and store them in a safe place separate from your computer. Or sign up for a password manager that creates and saves all of your passwords for you. Either way, change them at least every 6 months.

Learn more about protecting your identity.

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