Passwords are the gatekeepers to your most important personal and professional information. But too often a poor password puts people at risk of having their information exposed.
Understanding the risks of too easy passwords is the first step to becoming cyber-ready. To ensure your accounts are protected, use these tips.
Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an extra layer of security that requires two steps for a user to log in. Typically, 2FA involves having an extra one-time password sent to a trusted email address or phone number before letting someone login. If a service you use offers 2FA, use it!
Always have 8 or more characters
When creating a password, make sure you have at least 8 characters in it. Keep in mind that when it comes to passwords, the longer the better. The best passwords are 16 characters or more.
Use uppercase and lowercase characters
Alternating between uppercase and lowercase letters may seem trivial, but it can be your saving grace when it comes to keeping your accounts safe.
Use numbers (0 through 9) and non-alphanumeric characters
Remember that you’re not tied to just letters when creating a password! Adding in numbers and symbols (think ! @ # %, etc.) will make your password that much harder to guess.
Avoid personal information such as date of birth, names, etc.
Personal information like birthdays, your birth city, and more can be easy guesses for hackers. Try to avoid them as much as possible.
Never use the same password on multiple sites
If a hacker guesses one, they can guess them all! Protect your accounts across websites by using different passwords on different platforms.
Change passwords regularly
Being nimble with passwords and changing them regularly will keep your accounts safe. Experts suggest that the everyday person should change their passwords about every 90 days. We recommend leaving a reminder on your calendar to help you remember.
Don’t share passwords
It may go without saying, but never share your passwords! If you must share a password with someone, make sure to do it over the phone.
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