Strong Password Tips

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Having a Strong Password Can Make It Difficult for Criminals to Hack into Your Online Accounts.

So many web sites require a password nowadays. The problem, though, is that most of us are not very clever when creating our passwords. The top passwords are: password, 123456, 12345678, welcome, jesus, ninja, and mustang. If one of these is your password, change it now! You are leaving yourself open for hacking.

Here are some rules you should consider when creating a perfect password:

  • Use different passwords everywhere. If you use the same password for everything, and it gets cracked, that hacker now has access to all of your online accounts.
  • Change your passwords often.
  • Don’t share your passwords or leave them out for others to see.
  • If your password can be found in the dictionary, it is not strong enough.
  • If you use numbers or letters in the order they appear on the keyboard, it is not strong enough.
  • Use a string of text that mixes numbers and lowercase and uppercase letters – consider turning letters into numbers within a word or phrase.
  • Include characters
  • Make your password at least eight characters long because the longer the password, the stronger it is.
  • For memorable passwords consider using phrases that are meaningful to you with good use of punctuation and capitalization to comply with some of the common password rules above.

Take a second look at your passwords. Don’t make it easy for criminals to hack into your e-mail, social media sites, etc.