May 6, 2019 | posted by Conner Williams

Change or diversify your passwords this May

May 2nd was World Password Day, and now is a great time to update or strengthen your passwords.

Weak and common passwords are easy for hackers to guess, and this opens the door to reading your email, spoofing your information, and gaining access to your other online accounts such as banking and credit cards.

You need long and strong passwords to protect yourself online. We recommend that all your passwords meets these criteria:

  • Minimum of 16 characters
  • Contains at least one uppercase letter and one number
  • Uses one or more punctuation marks such as (.), (-), (#) or (!).
  • Do not include your name or username

It's also important not to use the same password for multiple online accounts, since if that password is cracked, other passwords could be cracked as well. To help organize all those passwords, check out LastPass is a secure and effective tool to help manage your abundance of passwords. One super-strong password protects all of your others behind the “vault” so you don’t have to remember them all. Plus, LastPass can be added as a browser extension to automatically fill in login details. 

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