Keeping passwords secure for account logins are as important as securing your keys or locking your house and car. Indeed, in today's world, doing so might even be more important. Here are three helpful hints to move you toward protecting your privacy and avoiding identity theft. Use letters and number combination not easily linked to you-- A combination of letters and numbers for your passwords is advised. Do not just choose common combination like your initials and your apartment number or your birthday and your first name. These are too common to actually secure your information. Change the password access routinely-- If you have not changed your password and login combination in over a year, it is time to change them. Consider getting onto a password change routine such as every sixth months at the beginning of summer and the beginning of the new calendar year. Keep to the schedule so those password and login combinations never get old. Logout before you leave your screen -- If you step away from your computer screen without doing a logout, the password and login combination remains open and you have no security. Get in the habit of always doing a logout if you leave your computer when it is powered on. Conclusion-- Pay attention to these three simple steps. Using them routinely can help you keep your passwords secure and away from those that intend you harm.