Stay Protected Online By Picking the Right Passwords

Did you know that over 90 percent of online passwords are referred to as "weak"? In other words, these passwords are so simple and relevant to the ones who choose them that they can easily be hacked into. In fact, this happens millions of times a year. Anyone who has gone through this can tell you, once it occurs, you've got a long road ahead of you trying to take ownership back of your private information.

While we can try our best to create the most difficult password known to man, so that no one can figure it out, the fact of the matter is that all passwords can be hacked into. That's because hackers have both the tools and skills to do so. However, when you have a strong password, opposed to a weak one, you're making this task that much harder for the hacker. When it takes too much time to crack your password, most hackers end up giving up.

It clearly benefits you to have a strong password, so here are some tips to keep in mind when creating one:

  • Avoid using your last name at all costs, as well as a proper name or something on the order of "password123". These can all be hacked into in a matter of seconds. Instead, create one using a mix of upper-and lower-case letters, numbers and other special characters like #, $, and *. Besides this, you can also come up with a password by forming a sentence and then putting together the first letter of each word. This way, your password doesn't make sense to anyone but you. If you want to make it even more difficult to figure out, you can throw in some numbers between every letter.
  • Another way to come up with a password that will stump hackers is by taking two completely unrelated words and putting them side by side with some kind of special characters in the middle. To take it to the next level, you can even capitalize some of the letters in your words.

Now that you know how to come up with a tricky password, here are some more things you should keep in mind:

  •     Length is super important: You want your password to be as long as possible, so make sure it is at least 8 characters. Typically, though, the safest passwords are around 15 characters.
  •     Switch up your passwords: It's so common to use the same passwords for all of your accounts on the internet but this can be dangerous. That's because once one of your accounts is hacked into, it's just a matter of time until the rest are.
  •     Think about it: As we mentioned earlier, general passwords like "password," "123456," and "abcde" are so easy to guess, especially for a hacker who does this for a living. That's why you shouldn't pick anything that pops in your head first. Use some thought and creativity before you settle on anything.
  •     Don't share it: You may want to write down your password, so you won't forget it, but don't. Your password should be kept private, because after all, it contains all of your most valuable information. Don't even tell your closest friends and family, in the case that you forget it. Instead, write down a code or reminder that will job your memory if you ever happen to go blank on your password.

Online security is so crucial for keeping all of your accounts protected from hackers. It seems like every day Americans are losing billions of dollars to hackers, so take the right precautions now to prevent this from happening to you.

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