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Create a Hacker-Proof Password

It is tempting to create passwords that are easy to remember, like using your address, birth date or first name, but doing so only aids the hackers. The challenge lies in making a password that is difficult to guess, but still easy enough for you to remember.  

Follow this hacker-proof guide to protect all of your accounts, and ultimately your identity!

  1. Use a combination of numbers, as well as upper and lower case letters.
  2. Use a different password for each account.
  3. Create passwords that are at least six characters long.
  4. Change your passwords on a regular basis – make it easier to remember by associating when to make changes with a regular event such as your payday.
  5. Never use numbers or names publicly associated with you such as an address, birth date or pet’s name.
  6. Don’t use any form of your login name as your password.
  7. If you are struggling to remember your passwords, invest in a secure password storage program – some even give you access to your codes when using a different computer than your own.
  8. Remember to never give out your passwords to anyone, especially through e-mail or over the phone.