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Password security tips: When and how to share them safely with loved ones

Tony Bradley | Feb. 18, 2015
Your passwords are one kind of secret you probably need to keep, even from trusted loved ones. A new survey from Intel Security reveals people's habits and the risks they might be taking.

" Delete, delete, delete: What you do with your nude selfies or other highly personal content is up to you — but keeping it, or sharing it with anyone, carries risk of embarrassing exposure. Dennedy advises, "If you send personal or intimate messages, make sure to delete the content from your device and in the cloud as soon as possible. It can save you damage control for your reputation later on, both online and offline."

" The Internet never forgets: There are two rules of communicating on the Internet: Be careful what you say in a public forum, and it's all a public forum. Some sites and services are more secure than others, and you generally have some degree of control over who can view your posts. But all it takes is a screen capture to take a post away from your control. Dennedy cautions that you should be mindful of what you put out there. 

Dennedy's advice is solid, but it closes off the ability of one significant other to step in if the other dies or becomes unable to manage online accounts. You have to find the balance between being vigilant about protecting your passwords and securing your online identity, and being honest and sharing with the most important people in your life.

One possible solution would be to use some sort of escrow service like Planned Departure. You can keep your passwords and information private while you're alive, but let a trusted third party store them and provide them to your loved ones in the event of your death.


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