Cyber criminals are now hacking into email accounts and stealing social media accounts simply by resetting the passwords and having that code sent to your email. Imagine the things they can steal with someone’s email account...
- Bank accounts
- Social media accounts
- Crypto passwords
- Apple accounts - including all of your photo backups
- Google accounts - including all of your Google documents and backups
What’s the most simple way to protect yourself and your data? Stop using your weak @$$ passwords!
8 Tips to Make Your Passwords as Strong as Possible:
- Try and make a habit out of having at least eight character passwords. The longer, the better. The shorter a password, the quicker a hacker or computer program can crack it.
- Use a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters
- Choose something that is unique to you that no one else would know. A favorite movie character or book title perhaps? People are much better at remembering sentences and song lyrics than they are remembering random letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Don’t include your birthday, children, addresses, pets names, or any other information someone could easily find out about you on social media. Same tip applies for answers to security questions on your accounts as well!
- Change your passwords regularly and don’t reuse passwords.
- There are services that auto-generate or store passwords for you so you don’t have to remember of those unique, lengthy passwords you’re using across hundreds of websites. They keep your passwords encrypted and most services are free to use and sync your passwords across multiple devices.
- When possible, enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure the only person that has access to your account is you. This is especially encouraged for email, banking, and social media websites.
- Lastly, keep your passwords private!
Is your account secure?
If all else fails and you only remember one thing, remember this: Passwords are like underwear. Change them regularly. Never share them with anyone. And keep them off your desk.