Best Practices for Creating and Managing Stronger Passwords

March 2021

We rely on our passwords every day to protect some of our most sensitive information. From email and social media profiles to bank accounts and everything in between, a strong password is your best line of defense against hackers. Unfortunately, cybercriminals and the technology they use to crack login information have also become more advanced than ever – which is why it’s crucial to create and maintain strong passwords on all of your accounts.

Wondering how to create a strong password? Consider these password best practices below to get started:

Use Different Passwords for Each Account

If you’re using the same password for most (or all) of your online accounts, now is the time to switch them up. As convenient as it may be to only have one password to remember, the reality is that if even one site that you use has a data breach, your password could be compromised. From there, those hackers will have your password not just for that site, but for a variety of others, too.

Ideally, you should have a separate password for each online account you have. At the very least, however, you should aim to circulate between a handful of unique passwords.

Avoid Using Common Words or Phrases

The strongest passwords are ones that no one would ever guess. This means that if your current passwords are made up of common names and phrases (like your pet’s name or any variation of your own first or last name), it’s time to change them. Instead, create an extremely strong password by using a string of random letters, numbers, and special characters (if possible). Yes, it will be more difficult to remember – but it’s also nearly impossible to crack.

Change Your Passwords Regularly

The longer you continue to use the same password, the more time you’re giving hackers to figure it out. You can keep them guessing by changing your login information on a regular basis. Ideally, you should be updating your password at least once every three months or so. It may be helpful to set a reminder on your phone to take care of this task, especially if it’s not something you think you’ll remember to do otherwise.

Use a Reputable Password Manager

If you think you’ll have a hard time remembering unique passwords for each of your online accounts, you might consider using a password management system to make your life easier. Password managers can help you with everything from remembering and storing your passwords to creating newer and stronger passwords every few months. Most managers can be used as a browser add-on to make your life even easier. While they typically do cost some money to use, many people find that they’re more than worth the expense.

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