The world of password protection has come a long way since realizing one of the easiest ways for data to be stolen is through use of a subpar password. A password often acts as a first line of defense, but ask yourself how many of your accounts use the same credentials? If it’s more then one, it is too many. If you find yourself struggling to drum up secure passwords, we are here to help.
Password Do’s and Don’t
- The longer and more complex a password is, the longer it will take to hack.
- Include special characters, numbers, and upper / lower case letters as most passwords are case sensitive.
- Avoid common sequences like “qwerty”, numbers in a row, or repetition.
- Stay clear of using personal information like your name, pets name, birthday, or anything able to be found on social media or in a casual conversation with a stranger.
- Never keep your passwords written on a sticky note, in a desk drawer or under a keyboard where someone unassuming may have access to them.
- Always use different passwords for different accounts and avoid creating root-based passwords such as “FishOne, FishTwo … “
- Creating a letter/ number combination that doesn’t spell a dictionary word is ideal as dictionary words can be hacked more easily using an electronic dictionary.
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