Passwords

One of the best and most simplest ways to increase security is to create a strong password. Cyber criminals use sophisticated software to break passwords so the more complex and longer the password, the stronger it is. Your password should be impossible to guess but also impossible for you to forget it. A strong password will: appear to be a random collection of letters, numbers, symbols, and punctuation, use both upper and lower case, and never use words from the dictionary. For instance, you may want to choose an easy phrase to remember like: "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." Next, you may want to convert any numeric numbers to the numeric character (a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush). Then you can create an acronym using the first letters of the words in the phrase (abithiw2itb). Make sure you use both upper and lower case (Abithiw2itb). Substitute letters with numbers or symbols and add special characters (#Ab1th1w1tb). Make sure you don't use the same password for multiple sites and accounts. Instead customize your accounts by using a tag or identifier (#Ab1th1w1tb:Fbk). Ensure you change your password often and never share or store your passwords where they can be found.

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