How to Hack Proof Your Passwords

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Internet crimes are big business, and hackers make off with billions of dollars every year. While it would be wonderful to not depend on the internet the reality is most of us go online for our banking, investing, shopping, and more. We take classes online and even go to the doctor online. At any given moment we have dozens of passwords for different businesses and applications that have our data and access to our money.

This is why it is so important to have secure passwords for our online accounts. Two-step verification is another effective way to make our accounts more secure.

Your information is valuable to hackers who work hard to break into medical records, insurance companies, education systems, and other information-sensitive databases.

How Do You Protect Your Accounts From Hackers?

The first and most important safeguard against cyberattacks and hackers is a strong password. Criminals utilize sophisticated programs to hack into accounts and uncover your passwords.

Unfortunately, many people simply don’t create strong enough passwords. They often use real words that mean something to them, such as birthdays, addresses, phone numbers, names of loved ones, street names, etc.

Passwords that are too simple are easy to crack. This is one of the reasons you are often asked to use numbers and special characters in your passwords, and why you are required to have a password with at least eight characters.

Another common issue is using the same password across multiple accounts. This leads to credential stuffing, which results in hackers stealing your password and user information across multiple accounts, which can wreak some serious havoc in your life.

Tips For Creating A Secure Password

Make your password at least 16 characters long

Most online sites require your password to be at least 8 characters, but this is the bare minimum. A longer password is a more secure password, especially if you use the following tips.

Include letters, numbers, and special characters

Most sites will require you to add numbers and special characters to your password. Passwords that are letter based only are remarkably easy to crack. Adding numbers helps, but adding special characters on top of that makes your password more secure.

Avoid using words, especially words that mean something to you

Using the names of family members, your last name, or even names of pets is a common mistake. While it makes remembering your password easier, it also makes it easier for hackers to find out what your password is. You would be surprised how many accounts use the same words!

Never use addresses, phone numbers, or birthdates

Just like you don’t want to use a pet’s or child’s name in your password, you always want to avoid using your street number, child’s birthday, phone number, or other personal numbers as part of your password.

Never use repeated passwords

It is so tempting to use the same passwords for all your accounts, but this is a huge mistake. Once a hacker has hold of your password and username, they will use it to access other accounts as well. This can be disastrous for those who use the same password for multiple accounts that may have sensitive personal information or financial information, like credit card numbers.

Writing down your passwords and keeping them in a secure location is the best course of action. Keep separate passwords and make them as long and complicated as possible. A combination of letters, numbers, and special characters that avoids using words, dates, or other personal information is your best best when it comes to creating a secure password that keeps your data and financial information safe.

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