I know this is kind of late, but I don't normally visit this part of the forums. And, it's still in the announcements, so I don't think that the necro rules technically apply... So, here goes:
A few good pieces of advice on account safety:
- Change your passwords frequently: The general rule of thumb is every 30-90 days for a password change.
- Don't use the same password for the same site more than once: The safest route, would be to never use that password again for any site/service you use online. However, if you have memory issues (and we all do sometimes,) then try not to use it more than once per calendar year, but never twice for the same service. For example: You change your AGE password from (Using Sup's example) Abcd1234 to something else. A year goes down the road and you want to use that password again. Try it for something else such as your Social Networking service of choice, or an e-mail. You should always try to commit your passwords to memory if you can. But if you can't, write them down and store them in a safe/secure place. NEVER SAVE YOUR WRITTEN PASSWORDS IN A DOCUMENT ON YOUR COMPUTER!
- Use an off-the-wall security question/answer combination: Most times, your account security will be compromised by something that may seem so mundane. However, this feature may very well save your entire account (or even in some cases, your identity) from being compromised and/or stolen. Use a question that nobody would be able to guess in a million years. If people would potentially know all of your answers to the questions, make the answers something harder to get at. The answers to these questions are case-sensitive in most situations. Use a combination of upper and lower-case letters, and maybe verse yourself in some 1337 speak for that extra variety.