PA$$WORD: Protect your data

PA$$WORD

Protect your personal data by upping your PA$$word game!

Now days with all of our information accessible on the internet, it is easier for hackers to get into our information. If you are like me, I have a hard time remembering different passwords for each of my hundreds of accounts that I have. This includes, but is not limited to bank accounts, retail store accounts, email accounts, etc. I end up using 3 or 4 passwords for all of my accounts, but THIS IS VERY BAD! If someone gets one password that is used on multiple accounts, there is a possibility that the hacker could get even more information about you.

Step Up Your PA$$WORD Game!

  1. Use a longer password. Passwords that are longer and have more components to them are harder for hackers to get. Try to have your passwords 12-16 characters long. I know this seems really long, but I promise it is worth the extra millisecond it takes for you to type those last few characters.

  2. Use special characters. Special characters, numbers and capitalization all help to make your passwords stronger. The more you use, the better off your passwords are.

  3. 1 password for 1 account. Use each password only once.

  4. No personal connection. Your passwords should have no personal connection to you. For example, you should not use the last 4 digits of your social security number, your phone number, pet names, family member names, etc.

  5. Change your passwords regularly. It is best to change your password every 3 months or so. The more frequent that you change your passwords, the safer your personal data is.

  6. Store your passwords in a secure location. If you can memorize all of your passwords, good for you! That is the safest place for your passwords. There are good password management tools online that will keep your passwords in a secure location. For example: Last Pass, Dash Lane, Sticky Password, etc.

Here are a few examples (do not use these passwords as your own):

Good Passwords:

bluebird12SKY!

Tr0ubleBa$$fa11

$tapleP@$$PENCIL

Bad Passwords:

Bethany12

password123

letmein