Don't use the same username and password combination on multiple sites, and avoid the most common passwords. For some fun reading, do an internet search for “most common passwords."
Use a password that is at least 8 characters long and contains an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a number, and a special character. As an example, pick eight characters (e.g., PB&J2eat), then add several characters from the site name that you are logging into. This way, you can still remember your password and it will be unique for each website.
In this example, we used “PB&J2eat”, plus a simple description.
This way, if one of the companies got hacked, the other logins wouldn’t be compromised.
When Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) are needed, don’t use the most common PINs (like 1234) or all repeating numbers (1111, 7777, 5555, etc). Banking industry studies have shown that the top 10 most commonly used PINs account for over 25% of PINs used. If a criminal tries the top 10 of the most frequently used PINs, they have over a 25% chance of gaining access.
Call DISH at 800-333-DISH (800-333-3474) to add PIN verification to your account. With this option turned on, anyone calling into DISH is immediately prompted for your account's security code. This prevents unauthorized individuals from gaining access to your account.
Research "identity theft protection" to find out more about companies you can pay to monitor your personal and credit information.
To protect yourself even further, learn how to delete your browser history and cookies for whatever browser you use. Browsers keep a history of what you do while you are online. If you use a public computer, you don't want to leave behind information about yourself that someone else could access.
In Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox, you can hover your mouse over a hyperlink to display the underlying link in the lower left corner of the browser window. On most mobile devices, you can press and hold a hyperlink to display the actual link destination.
If the underlying link does not match where you are expecting to go, do not click on it.
Emails from DISH will almost always come from email@example.com, and replies will go to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you receive an email from a different email address, do not respond to it.
If you respond to a valid email from DISH, be aware that the information in the email is not protected. Unless you know for sure that your email is set up to be encrypted, don't send any personally-identifiable information in an email.