Before we get into tips and tricks for staying safe online, let’s take a look at what makes a strong and secure password. As you know, passwords are used for everything from social media accounts to online banking and bill pay. Because so many of the things we do require passwords, choosing the same one for every account seems like the most convenient way to do things, but it is also the most common reason why accounts are hacked. If your information was involved in a company-wide data breach, hackers could steal your personal information and passwords to sign in to other accounts, and unfortunately, this method works. If your data is compromised, it can lead to more serious issues such as identity theft.
When it comes to stronger passwords, longer is better. But it isn’t just length that’s important when it comes to choosing a password; using random words as a passphrase may add additional security to your accounts, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Unfortunately, as technology advances, so do hacker capabilities. That is why it’s important to understand that even “good” passwords are at risk, which is why it’s essential to take other security precautions.