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February 16, 2024
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Strong Passwords are a Must-have to Protect Your Information

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As technology constantly improves, cybercriminals are creating more and more sophisticated ways to try and acquire your information. One of the best ways to keep criminals from accessing your accounts is to use strong passwords. A password is like a digital key to your information, and using a weak password opens the door for potential intrusion. Your passwords are the first line of defense against unwanted access to your information, so keep the following tips in mind whenever you create a new password.

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Make passwords complex

While making a password is simple, the more complex it is, the better. Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters to create a unique and intricate password that will make it difficult for would-be hackers to guess the phrase. Be sure to stay clear of easily guessable passwords, like โ€œpassword1โ€ or โ€œ12345โ€. Cybercriminals often use automated tools that can quickly crack these predictable combinations.

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Use long passwords or phrases

The longer the password, the harder it is to crack. Every additional character added to a password will increase the time and effort a scammer needs to unlock your information. A great strategy is to create a โ€œpassphraseโ€ - a sequence of words - or a sentence that is easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess.

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Avoid reusing the same password

While it might be tempting to reuse the same password across multiple accounts, itโ€™s a risky practice. If just one of your accounts becomes compromised, then all of your accounts become vulnerable. To maximize security, opt for unique passwords for every account you have.

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Use a password manager

To keep track of all of your passwords, consider using a password manager where they can be securely stored and organized. Password managers can also generate complex passwords for you, as well as test the strength of your existing passwords. There are many reputable password managers available, and many devices, like smartphones, have one preinstalled onto them.

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Consider additional layers of protection

On top of your strong and unique password, you can take even more defensive measures to keep cybercriminals out of your accounts. Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, adds an additional verification step to unlock an account, such as a code sent to your email or mobile device. Think of it like a password for your password, significantly increasing the protection of your account even if it becomes compromised.

Many mobile apps, like myTrustmarkยฎ, make use of biometric technology. Using fingerprint or facial recognition allows you to log into your accounts without needing to manually enter your information.

A strong password is a must to prevent your personal details from falling into the wrong hands. By following these tips, you can greatly improve the security of your accounts against the threat of cybercriminal activity.

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