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Use Passwords Wisely

The prospect of creating a strong password, changing a password, or using multiple passwords makes many people anxious because they believe it requires memorizing multiple complex passwords, such as Wts4e_79PBa13^_qnS. The result is that people find the task so daunting that they continue to use one password. This just isn’t safe, particularly if the password is a simple one.

Safe passwords don’t have to be hard to create; they just have to be hard to guess. Here are a few ground rules:

  1. Use unique passwords on sensitive sites so that, if one password is compromised, all of your Web information isn’t compromised.
  2. Passwords that are short, simple words or include numbers that relate to personal information (such as birth date or address) are easy to guess. Don’t use them.
  3. If you made hard-to-remember passwords, you probably did so because your business or a website forced you to. In this case, you’re likely to have a list of the passwords next to your computer — even though you know this also compromises your safety. It’s okay to keep the list, just put it in a safe place that’s not near your computer.

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