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Change your password day

World Password Day is a reminder for all to change passwords to their online accounts at least two or three times a year. This is to protect personal and financial information.

The problem is most people these days have dozens of passwords. Different sites have different rules, some requiring certain characters (numbers, Capitals, Symbols) and others only allow numbers and letters. This makes having a universal password difficult. Which is good as security experts say that having a universal password is a terrible idea anyway.

 

Spend 30 minutes today securing your online presence

Celebrate the day by spending 30 minutes to update your passwords across bank accounts, social networks, email accounts, shopping sites, etc.

Select strong passwords that are difficult to guess and vary across your many accounts. Experts recommend that passwords should be changed two to three times a year at minimum. Remember, never share your passwords with anyone.

To make your password tough to decipher:

  • Use at least 8 characters
  • Use upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols
  • Avoid words found in the dictionary
  • Avoid using family names
  • Avoid using birth dates
  • Avoid using those things you post on Facebook quizzes (your superhero name, first pet etc)