Securing Accounts

PASSWORDS & SECURING YOUR ACCOUNTS

Passwords are like keys to your personal home....online. You should do everything you can prevent people from gaining access to your password. 

Passwords can be inconvenient, but they’re important if you want to keep your information safe. Here are some simple ways to secure your accounts through better password practices.

• Make your password a sentence:
 A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, “I love jazz music”) and add special characters and numbers. 
 
• Unique account, unique password: Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that your critical accounts have the strongest passwords. 
 
• Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer. You can alternatively use a service like a password manager to keep track of your passwords.

Other Ways to Secure Your Accounts

 Lock Down Your Login: Fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Gmail offers two-step verification (use these instructions to learn more about it and to enable this feature). 

Take security precautions and think about the consequences of your actions online so you can navigate the Internet more securely.


*For more info, check out: 

Turn It On: See step-by-step instructions on how to add two-factor authentication to more than 100 online accounts

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