In our interconnected world, passwords serve as the keys to virtually everything—from email accounts to online banking. To stay ahead of savvy hackers, it’s crucial to fortify your security.

83% of the most common passwords can be cracked in under a second!

Let’s take a proactive approach and safeguard your information (and finances) with these easy-to-follow tips for creating stronger passwords:

  1. Mix It Up

Combine letters, numbers, and symbols (such as $, %, or !) to form words or passphrases that are hard to guess yet easy for you to remember.  Don’t be generic!

For instance, opt for something like “D3aLP@cK” instead of the predictable “123456,” which happens to be one of the most frequently stolen passwords.

  1. Go Long

Aim for passwords with at least 16 characters. The longer, the better! Longer passwords with random combinations make cracking your code harder.

Consider using phrases or combing multiple words to add an extra layer of security.  Don’t forget to sprinkle in some numbers and symbols too!

  1. No Personal Information

Steer clear of using easily guessable information such as birthdays, pet names, children’s names, or the college you attended. Cybercriminals can exploit these details.

  1. Unique Passwords

Never reuse passwords across different accounts. Doing so allows cybercriminals to try the same stolen password on all your accounts, from social media to bank logins—increasing the risk.

  1. Keep It Secret

Never share your password with anyone. Not even your closest friends or family members. Your password is your personal key to your digital life.

  1. Regular Updates

Change your passwords at least every 90 days, or immediately if you suspect a password has been compromised. Regular updates help keep your accounts secure.

Additionally, avoid making small changes to your password when you update (e.g., ‘D3aLP@cK’ to ‘D3aLP@cK1’).  Create something entirely different each time.

  1. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Add an extra layer of security by enabling Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).  Having to verify you are you with either a text or email code goes a long way to protect your data.

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Deal Pack and cyclCRM provide MFA, along with other security measures, to keep your data safe!  Reach out to speak to a customer success specialist about securing your account at 800-526-5832

Remember, a strong password is your first line of defense against unauthorized access. Implement these tips to enhance your security and safeguard your digital resources by creating stronger passwords!