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 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 over 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.