Protect yourself online with strong passwords

cellular-hack-graphicThe easiest way into a building is through an unlocked door – and if you are one of the millions who still use “easy” passwords, you may be opening yourself up to hackers, impersonation and identity theft. According to a recent article in The Guardian, password management firm SplashData put together a list of over 2 million compromised keys, only to find among them, the “25 worst passwords” – in most common use within a given period.

To be common is enough but to be so guess-able, quite another. Among the tops? Number one is (drum roll!) 123456, with an even worse choice coming in second, password. Even less imagination comes into play in this list:  1234567812345, 123456789, 1234 and 1234567, qwerty, football and baseball.

We suggest creating passwords at least 8 characters long, with a combination of lower case and upper case letters, plus numbers. That’s just the start. You can beef up your online security by making sure computers and devices have a password protected lock screen, and 2-step authentication (requiring a confirmation code via an additional source in combination with entering your password).



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