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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Week 2: Passwords

Passwords are your first, and often biggest defense against cyber attackers that want to steal your personal information. That means your password needs to be as strong and secure as possible. Here are a few things you can do to bulk up your password and keep your personal information out of the wrong hands.

Never Share Your Password

Do not ever give out your password to anyone. This includes friends, family, and coworkers. Companies you do business with and customer support specialists should never ask for your password either, so if someone calls wanting to get your password so they can “help” you fix something, do not hesitate to tell them no.

Check for Clues

Look at your social media pages. Can someone guess your password from studying your page? Is your password your pet’s name, your favorite color or vacation destination? Maybe your anniversary date, or your birthday? This information is often found on social media pages in the About Me section or taken from recent posts. Be sure your passwords are not easily guessed.