Account Security and Privacy - Best Practices

What are some best practices I can follow to protect my account security and privacy?

Last Reviewed: 04/14/2015
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Below are some things we recommend to protect your password security and privacy.

  1. Change your password every few months.
    • Don't use the same password on all the sites you visit.
    • Don't use a word from the dictionary.
    • Select strong passwords, with 10 or more characters, that can't easily be guessed.
    • Think of a meaningful phrase, song or quote and turn it into a complex password using the first letter of each word.
    • Randomly add capital letters, punctuation or symbols.
    • Substitute numbers for letters that look similar (for example, substitute "0" for "o" or "3" for "E").
    • Never give your password to others or write it down.
  2. Sign out of your account after you use a publicly shared computer.
  3. Manage your account information and privacy settings from the Profile and Account sections of your Privacy & Settings page.
  4. Keep your antivirus software up to date.
  5. Don't put your email address, home address or phone number in your profile's Summary.
  6. Only connect to people you know and trust, or those you have trustworthy common connections with.
  7. Consider turning two-step verification on for your account.
  8. Be informed about reporting inappropriate content or safety concerns.
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