You use passwords for nearly everything on the internet. With so much of your private information online, it is essential to make it impossible for a hacker to access all of your accounts:
When making a password:
Make your password between 8-12 characters and include numeric, symbols, and upper case letters.
Take a phrase like “I love New York” and turn it into “!333NewY@rk!”
Do not use a common password such as:
- 1234, ABCD, 0000
- Year of Birth
- Name of relative, friend, or pet.
Over 60% of internet users use the same password for multiple platforms. Try to have a different password for each platform.
Don't give out Personal Identifying Information (PII) unless absolutely necessary.
Change your passwords, especially the password that you frequently use the most, around every three months.
Never post your home address, phone number, social security number, or place of birth on social media.