Setting strong passwords

One of the most common ways that hackers gain access to personal information is by guessing passwords. Simple and commonly used passwords allow cybercriminals to easily gain access to your account(s) and personal information, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft or fraud.

Fraudsters know that many people use the same password for multiple accounts They actually count on this because if they get your username and password from one site or account, they will likely try it for multiple sites and accounts to try to get access to more information. It’s best to be unexpected with your passwords - have a different strong password for each account or website. This way, if you are hacked, only one account will be compromised.

Here are some tips to help you create strong passwords:

  • Be sure to enable password protection on your smartphone, tablet, computer, etc.
  • Strong passwords are at least eight characters long and include numbers, letters and symbols
  • Consider using a passphrase which is an easier to remember alternative to a password. Passphrases contain a sequence of unlikely words, like PurpleFlyingElephant!. To make this passphrase even stronger, simply swap a few letters for numbers – Purp1eFlying3lephant!.
  • Avoid using the same password for your computer, smartphone, email and other apps (e.g. online banking, social networking), and never share your passwords with anyone

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