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Password Tips to Avoid Disaster

Use these six simple password tips to increase your online safety and avoid disaster.

  • Use a strong, unique password for each website. Yes, you will have to use a password management application such as Webcloak SafeKeeper.
  • Do not reuse passwords! If one of your passwords is compromised then all are compromised.
  • Periodically change your passwords for your email, bank and online shopping sites. Don't make it easy for the bad guys who comb through old logs and data dumps or the dark web looking for users and password.
  • Never share your passwords, not even with a friend or family.
  • Beware of phishing scams by email or phone where a criminal attempts to trick you into giving out your username or password. Companies will never ask you for your login information over the phone or email.
  • Use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) when possible. Many social media, shopping sites and payment portals allow you to use 2FA. When used, you are asked to authenticate your login by supplying a pin or passphrase that is sent to you by text or a phone call.