Secure your Online World

Remembering passwords for websites or online services can be difficult— but not nearly as difficult as sorting out your life after identity theft. Bad passwords are one of the top ways that hackers and identity thieves gain access to your private information. With that in mind, here are some ways to be sure your passwords aren’t leaving you open for a cyberattack.

Online Security and PasswordsDon’t Use A Common Password: People want a password they can remember, but many people keep it too simple. Hackers know the most commonly used passwords and those are the first they try.

Use Strong Passwords: The best passwords are chains of letters, numbers and symbols, rather than words that can be found in the dictionary. Cyber Security Experts suggest making a string of letters than mean something to you, such as the first letters of words from your favorite quote, song or
scripture verse.

Use Different Passwords: Once you have a strong password, it’s tempting to keep using it. When a hacker steals a password and user ID (username) they’ll try that same combination at other sites.

Some common bad passwords include:

  • 123456
  • password123
  • qwerty
  • football
  • princess
  • iloveyou
  • welcome
  • letmein
  • 111111
  • mustang
  • access
  • abc123