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Use These 5 Password Best Practices to Protect Yourself Online

Use These 5 Password Best Practices to Protect Yourself Online

Passwords have long been a cornerstone of online account security, paired with usernames to form the basis of most login systems. Consequently, they are prime targets for hackers seeking to steal credentials and gain unauthorized access to accounts or networks. The inherent weaknesses of poor passwords have become more apparent in recent years, however. This has prompted the growing adoption of additional security measures available to users.

Despite their vulnerabilities, passwords remain a crucial component of your overall security strategy. Here are some ways to enhance the security of your passwords:

Use Complex Strings of Characters

A common reason passwords are often ineffective is that people choose simple, easily guessable passwords like "password" or "12345678." To strengthen your passwords, use complex strings that include a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.

Consider Passphrases

Passphrases offer an additional layer of security compared to traditional passwords. They are typically easier to remember but harder to guess. Create a passphrase by combining unrelated words and incorporating numbers and special characters. This makes it difficult for hackers to crack while being more memorable for you.

Avoid Reusing Passwords

Reusing passwords across multiple accounts is a common practice that hackers exploit. Ensure each of your accounts has a unique password to prevent a security breach from compromising multiple accounts.

Change Passwords Regularly

It's advisable to change your passwords every few months. This practice helps protect against unauthorized access, even if a password is stolen, by making it obsolete more quickly.

Use Additional Security Solutions

Password management tools can help you maintain strong, unique passwords without the burden of remembering them all. Many of these tools can also generate secure passwords for you. Additionally, implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of security by requiring multiple forms of verification.

BlackCSI can help your business enhance its password security practices. Learn more by calling us at (717) 620-3042.

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