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As you are well aware there has been an active person or group of people trying to get our account information from us here on DA. What they want this for is hard to tell, but more than likely they are looking for credit card information or personal information that they can use to exploit our wonderful users here on DA.

So here are a couple of general habits you should get yourself to use on a regular basis to protect this and other accounts you may have.

#1:  Change your password on a regular basis.

This is the most important thing you can do to protect your account. Get into the habit of changing your password on a regular basis. It is easy to do and it can save you a lot of heartache in the long run. I normally change my passwords every six months.

How to keep track of them can be a bit challenging but there are some low cost programs from trusted companies to help you track these that are secure.

Coffecup software's Lockbox is one that tracks your passwords and keeps them secure as well as generates them for you. www.coffeecup.com/lockbox/

Otherwise a keep them in a text file that you place into a secure file using some form of encryption like True crypt, which is a free encryption program that is very secure.

Never write them down on a note and leave it lying about the place. Also never share your password with anyone, ever. Many scams that are out there send you messages that look like they are from your friends requesting passwords or leading you to a false log in page. As you know by now never use these links. If you are in doubt log off the site and re log on yourself by going there from your own browser using the address you type in yourself. Remember site administrators never need to know your password for any reason (they can simply reset the password should they ever need to get into it. They won't without good reason though because they are much too busy running the site to personally monitor your pages).

I would also recommend not using the remember user name and password features that are are prevalent in most browser software.

When generating your new passwords never use things that are common knowledge about yourself. This means no birthdays, pets names, children's  names, hometowns, school names, nicknames, etc. Most hackers out there are liars and thieves, but they are usually good at getting information on their victims.

#2: Money and sites

I never use a credit card on these web sites. Credit cards do offer protection against your number getting stolen but it can take you a while to prove to the credit card company that you are really a victim and meanwhile your card is going to be inactive.  

I use a nice service like paypal as a gateway for payments. They are secure, and the transaction has to be initiated by you and approved by you logging on with your personal password (that you will be changing every six months or so). Also you can monitor the transactions that have been processed from a nice page that lists them so you can have any suspicious ones investigated. These services have powerful investigators and lawyers so you don't have to hire your own.

Is this fool proof, well nothing is really fool proof but if you apply the steps from item #1 to this you will be in much better shape that if you do not.

For maximum security you can stop going on the web and live in a cave on the side of a mountain, then no one could get your information. But no one wants to live like this, and no one would then want your information anyways.

Just remember to use good common sense and give no one your passwords, and you should be fine. Also keep abreast of security topics by looking at some technical journals online from various trusted computer magazines or companies. These journals can be a bit dry at times but they will let you know if there are any things to be wary of here in the wilds of the net. Cnet is good www.cnet.com , but there are many others as well. Have fun and stay safe here on DA. :)
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Darkmoon108 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanx for taking your time to dissiminate this important info my friend.. I have learned much.

Cheers !
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Xanside Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very informative and helpful. I've added this to my journal for more exposure :) [link]
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pablodiablo316 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
good idea to provide these tips! I already do this (Ex security Guard and very paranid!) and have to remeber which password goes where! Some security programms like Norton provide password protection too!
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SelfMadeQueen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009   Digital Artist
Great tips. This is very relevant considering all the issues with the spam bots dA has been having lately.
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OliverMa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Student Interface Designer
great tips bro :)
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MikeYoshi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
While doing the following might help you remember, it can lead to various security issues:
Using the same password as your Windows user.
That means, if someone ever found out your dA password, they'd know the password required to log in to your computer remotely.
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maska13 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Thank you very much, good know!
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Nik1245 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The safest computer is one turned off, unplugged and encased in cement, then buried deep underground.
-Unknown

So I shall do just that! ;p
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YewTree Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Thanks for the reminders.

If you have a safe place like a locked drawer or personal safe where you usually keep confidential files at home, then you can write down the password as well.
I would also recommend -
Do not use the same password you use for the email address attached to your account.
Do not use the same password for every site you join up with.
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BiohazardFour Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
According to another news article I read, we dont seem to be in any REAL danger, but i guess you cant be too safe. Thanks for making this <3
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yabbles Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Photographer
:thumbsup::nod:
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Alexiel-Kurai Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you on this! We have to make sure that we keep our info safe at all cost! Thanks for sharing these tips with dA! I'm sure many people will benfit from these! :D
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grandma-S Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
:thanks: :hug:
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driada-Goth Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
It's a pity that some people still being in this way, i'm sure they wouldn't like that this happen to them , but their reasons for do it , are just their reasons.
Thanks for the tips ! :) :)
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Lauraest Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Valuable information. Thank you
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azieser Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome :)
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RaisedOnViolence Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
really really useful
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azieser Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it is important to be cautious on the web. :)

Thanks
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Kitty-Mikado Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the tips.
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azieser Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. I am glad you found this to be helpful. :)
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Kitty-Mikado Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, this is worrying me greatly...
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azieser Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Well if you take precautions you do not need to worry as much. :)
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Kitty-Mikado Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Okay.
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