The longer the password, the more secure it is. The standard 8 characters should only be your starting point, consider making them at least 12 characters long.
Never use default passwords, any of the following, or any password resembling the following:
A few more tips:
- Never re-use old passwords
- Pick a unique password for every account
- Never use personal information (such as family names or birthdays)
- Never use your pet’s name
- Avoid using common words or sayings
- Don’t use the name of your favorite sports team or actor/actress
- Never share your passwords
Here’s an idea:
Pick your favorite line from your favorite song and use the first letter of each word in the line followed by a set of random numbers along with a special character. For example the line, “Help! I need somebody. Help! Not just anybody. Help!” Would be: HInsHnjaH158995!
That password is 16 characters long, contains both uppercase and lowercase, numbers, and a special character. Perfect for any account, easy for you to remember, and is very difficult for a hacker to try to figure out.
If you believe that you were hacked, always start by changing your password! Need help? Contact TeCHS
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