Strong passwords across accounts and devices is an important tool to keeping your privacy secure online. Accounts now have different requirements on what they define as a strong password including capitalization, symbols, numbers and total number of characters in the password. Did you know that a password like “L3ngth=Str3ngth!” takes about 412,000,000,000,000 years to crack?
Further enhance your password security by following these simple steps:
- Use a trusted password manager.
- Do not share your passwords with anyone else.
- Use a passphrase, which is like a sentence that strings together a few words and is longer than a traditional password but could be easier for the user to remember. Example (don’t use this one specifically): L3ngth=Str3ngth!
- Change your passwords - yes even the strong, complex and lengthy ones – if you suspect they’ve been compromised.
- Do not reuse usernames and passwords across multiple accounts. If account credentials are compromised on one site, bad actors could try that known username and password on other sites. Leverage trusted websites like haveibeenpwned.com and browser tools to check to see if your credentials were shared publicly.