May 6, 2021 | posted by Conner Williams

Don’t pass by this password reminder

You've heard it before, but we'll say it again. It's important to have strong passwords and change them regularly to help keep your accounts safe. Here are the basics:

Don't use personal information. This includes names of people in your family, your address, or birthdays, since this information can be publicly available to hackers.

Don't use real words. Password cracking tools can process every word in the dictionary until a match is found. Instead, use uppercase and lowercase letters combined with special characters such as "&" or "#."

Create longer passwords. The longer it is, the better. Try for at least 10 characters.

Don't use the same password for multiple websites. If one website has a data breach and you've used that password elsewhere, it's easier for hackers to steal more information.

Change your passwords. Get in the habit of changing them twice a year when you reset your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

Consider using a password management service like LastPass or Google Passwords. With these services, all of your passwords will live in a digital “vault” behind one super-strong password. Your information will even be auto-filled when you log in to websites! 

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