Strong Passwords

Passwords Icon Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your online accounts. The stronger your password, the more protected you will be from hackers and malicious software. Make sure you have strong passwords for all of your online accounts by following these tips.

Use Unique Passwords for every account

Use a different password for each of your important accounts, like your email and online banking accounts. Re-using passwords is risky. If someone figures out your password for one account, that person could potentially gain access to your email, address, and even your money.

To prevent password leaks from being so damaging, you should use unique passwords on every  website. These should also be strong passwords – long, unpredictable passwords that contain numbers and symbols.

Use a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols in your password with a minimum length of 12 characters

Using numbers, symbols and mix of upper and lower case letters in your password makes it harder for someone to guess your password.

The longer the password, the harder it is to crack. Consider a 12-character password or longer.

Avoid names, places, and dictionary words.  Do not use personal information for your passwords. 

Mix it up. Use variations on capitalization, spelling, numbers, and punctuation.

These three rules make it mich harder for hackers to crack your password. The strategies employed by password crackers have advanced to an incredibly efficient level, so it's imperative to be unusual with the passwords you create.

Consider Using a Password Manager

The majority of people use very weak passwords and reuse them on different websites. How are you supposed to use strong, unique passwords on all the websites you use? The solution is a password manager.

Password managers store your login information for all the websites you use and help you log into them automatically. They encrypt your password database with a master password – the master password is the only one you have to remember.

Benefits of using a password manager

  • You do not have to remember all of your passwords.
  • You can have a unique and complex password for each account.
  • You have the option of using Autofill on forms or passwords.

 Usage recommendations

 Select a strong master password

Having a strong master password is essential to protecting your password file.

Enable two-step verification (two-factor authentication)

We only recommend password manager products that use two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication will go a long way toward securing your master password and protecting all of your passwords.

Create a unique and complex password

Use a complex and unique password for each account.