Strong and Safe Passwords

Strong and Safe Passwords

Have you ever wondered how protected you are from online cyber attacks? According to the IRS and Homeland Security; having  strong and safe passwords are very important when it comes to your online security.

The IRS recommends using the following tips when creating a password:

1). Longer psswords are safe and more difficult to guess. A strong password should be a minimum of eight characters. It should include a combination of letters, numbers and symbols or special characters. Your password should include at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number and one symbol or character.

2). Personal inf0rmation should not be included in your passwords. Names of siblings, children, pets, etc., are generally available on social media, which makes it easier for cybercriminals to figure out your password.

3). Avoid using the same password for all of your information systems, accounts or devices. If someone does guess one password, they will not have access to all your systems, devices or data.

4). Substitute numbers and symbols for letters in words or phrases to make it more difficult to guess a password.

5). Do not share your passwords and be careful of attempts to trick you into revealing your passwords.

For additional information you can go to the Department of Homeland Security’s website