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How to protect online passwords

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computer with lockThe safety of your online resources and your privacy comes down to one thing: your passwords. Make sure your passwords are protected with these tips from tech writer Denise Lu:

  • Use multiple passwords. On average, people visit 25 password-protected sites, but only use six different passwords. Make sure to use a different password for each site.
  • Avoid weak passwords. The average password is six characters with all lowercase letters—an expert hacker can crack that in about three minutes. Make your passwords more complicated by using a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and non-numerical symbols.
  • Follow these password-creation do’s. Use at least eight characters, create a password you will remember, set up a password-recovery method and alter your passwords twice a year.
  • Avoid these password-creation don’ts. Don’t use public information such as your birthday, child’s name, etc. Don’t use complete words. Write down hints for the password instead of the password itself. Don’t login to private accounts on public computers.

— Adapted from “Is Your Password Really Protecting You?” Denise Lu, Mashable.

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