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How to Keep Your Passwords Strong and Devices Protected

By May 7, 2020 June 26th, 2020 No Comments

Today we are sharing our tips on how to create a strong password to prevent your accounts from falling into the hands of hackers and cybercriminals. With so many of us working from home, the threat of getting hacked has never been greater. The key to choosing a uncrackable password is using a variety of characters, using a secure password that is not personal to you, and strong password management.

  1. Your password should use a variety of special characters that include lowercase letters, uppercase letters, commas, parentheses, etc. “[email protected](aL0rDeR!#” is much harder to crack than “ilovemydog”.
  2. Do not use personal information in your password, such as your name, date of birth, where you live, or your partner’s name. All of this information can be easily obtained online.
  3. Do not use an obvious password or anything that is sequential on a keyboard, such as “asdfqwer”, “qwerty”, or “1234567890”. You would be surprised at how many people actually do this.
  4. Make your password as long as you possibly can. The point is to make your password extremely hard and exhausting for a brute force attacker (an attacker submitting many passwords/passphrases with the hope of eventually guessing correctly) to crack.
  5. Do not use the same password for all your accounts, or it is game over once an attacker figures out your password. Try and vary it by adding numbers, symbols, or lowercase/uppercase letters.
  6. Always use two-factor authentication. If an attacker attempts to crack your password, a one-time password will be sent to your secondary email or mobile device.

By adopting these tips when creating your password, you can add an additional layer of security and prevent attackers from gaining access to your most valuable information.

Tiffany Liu

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