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Creating a Secure Password - 5 Tips to Keep You and Your Personal Information Safe

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Blog topics:  Archive

By Chetrice Mosley-Romero

We have passwords for everything. Social media, email, bank accounts, cell phones, computers...the list goes on and on. It's so difficult to remember all of your passwords, so it's tempting to make them easy, short or the same as all your other ones.

Having the same passwords for all your accounts puts you more at risk for cyberattacks and identity theft, and so does having simple passwords. Here're some for creating strong passwords that will help protect your accounts from potential cyberattacks.

Don't use the same password for every account. This seems like a no-brainer, but it really makes the difference. Varying your passwords for each of your important accounts can protect you from experiencing a massive cyberattack of all your personal information. Each password might be hard to remember, but having different passwords for every account will save you a lot of stress in the long run.

Make your passwords long and nonsensical. Longer passwords are harder to guess, so potential hackers will have a harder time guessing each character of your password correctly. Passwords without specific words in them are also harder to guess, so using a combination of nonsense letters, numbers and symbols will make for a stronger, more secure password. For example, you could use the letter "o" in place of the number zero ("0") or use the number "3" in place of the letter "e". This will make words harder to guess, and, thus, provide you with more secure passwords.

In doing so, use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers when creating passwords. Most sites have requirements for what a password must contain, but for sites that don't, make it a habit to use a variety of characters within your password.

Steer clear of using personal information in passwords. It's tempting to use your Mom's maiden name as the base of your password, but any hacker can find that on social media and use it to guess your password. Rather than using names or birthdays of family members, you can use the names of random objects, like the word "desk" or "candle".

Change your passwords often. Varying your passwords every few months will make it harder for a hacker to know which password you're currently using for a specific site and can ultimately help prevent hacks of your accounts.

Creating and using strong passwords is a simple way to ensure your information is safe and secure from cyberattacks. Make strong and cyber safe passwords a priority!