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The use of strong passwords is essential in order to protect your information and identity. The best security in the world is useless if a fraudster has access to a legitimate username and password. Strong passwords can take years to crack; weak passwords can be cracked in less than 5 minutes.

What makes a strong password?

  • More than 8 characters. Having a long and complex password makes it difficult for hackers to decipher.

  • Varied. Random words made up of a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

  • Unique. Avoid using the same password across multiple accounts. It would only take one successful attack for all your information to be stolen.

  • Easy for you to remember. But difficult for someone to guess (avoid birthdays, pet names etc.).

  • Replace letters with numbers and symbols. Use a movie title or character you like. For example SP!D3Rm@n – a variation of Spiderman.

  • A line of a song. One that other people would not associate with you- fly1ngw1Th0Utw!nGs!

  • A phrase known to you. “Consider yourself at home” and take the first character from each word- CYAH. Then combine this with numbers and symbols- C.2!Y64a?H@

    Create your own unique password using these tips (Don’t use these examples!)

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