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5 tips for safer passwords

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Keeping passwords secure is step one toward making sure you’re not a victim of cybercrime, according to security firm Sophos.

  1. Make them strong. Make sure passwords are 20 to 25 characters.
  2. Use multicharacter coding. Mix numbers, letters and punctuation.
  3. Avoid being too personal. Stay away from using your birth date, address, pet’s name, etc.
  4. Keep them random. Mix up the letters in words instead of spelling out a full word. Also, use different passwords for different websites.
  5. Take advantage of tools. Use protection and storage tools such as Last­­­­Pass, Pass­­pack, YubiKey and Kee­­Pass to keep your information safe.

— Adapted from “Tips to keep your passwords out of the hands of hackers,” Michael Morisy. Boston.com.

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