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Strengthen your security with a strong password

Did you know that May 4 is considered “World Password Day”?   Recognized widely by organizations around the world, it’s an opportunity to remind Internet users about the importance of secure password in every day usage.   

After all, your password is the key to unlock your accounts, and it’s also one of the most valuable pieces of information a would-be fraudster wants to obtain-- so doing everything you can to protect it is essential.

 

Strong Passwords

Similar to Intuit’s policy, most companies require users to use a strong password to log into their accounts.   A strong password usually is at least 8 characters in length, contains a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.

In addition, it should avoid using frequently-used passwords (like “password” or “qwerty”) or words commonly found in a dictionary. 

You also want to avoid using words which could be easily guessed by someone viewing your social media accounts, like the names of pets, children or sport teams. 

 

Password Diversity

Another way to protect yourself is to limit the use of the same password to one account.  If you use the same password for multiple accounts, fraudsters could attempt to gain access to other accounts if your password is leaked on the web through a data breach at another organization.

That’s why it’s important to practice password diversity.  Password diversity simply means that you do not reuse your password for multiple accounts, and that every account has its own, unique password.

 

Multi-factor

Lastly, it’s recommended that you add multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever possible.  This extra step makes it tricky for anyone other than yourself to gain access to your account without your authorization. 

For more tips on secure password usage, visit: https://passwordday.org