How do I make sure someone isn’t stealing my password?

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I travel a lot for my company and have been doing some work in third-world countries lately. I've been using the Internet at different Internet cafes and I'm worried about if anyone could have stolen my password or listen to my keystrokes. I've heard one way to get around that would be to write part of your password at different times (AKA type the first part of my password, then random letters, delete those letters and finally finish your password). Does this actually work? What are some other things I can do security wise?

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  • Kevin Beaver
    I definitely wouldn't use your common passwords on risky networks/systems. Would definitely change them often via a trusted means if possible.

    An ideal thing to do, if possible, is to create dedicated accounts for each visit so you don't expose your main (long-term) accounts.

    The backspace method seems like a good idea. I suspect that if malware that monitors keystrokes is smart enough it will track those backspaces. If anything, you still might eventually give someone a leg up on cracking your passwords.
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