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Research Shows Americans Still Don't Practice Good Password Use

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A recent survey shows that a shocking 81% of Americans say they use the same passwords for more than one account. Passwords are essential to security, but they are not the only method that can or should be used to protect one’s computers and devices. In addition to creating a good password, you should learn how to safeguard it and use it wisely. This means never sharing it and, if unable to remember it, keeping the written copy in a secure location.

A concern you may have when it comes to creating complex passwords is a fear of forgetting them. Try to think of something that will be easy to memorize. One way to do that is to turn a sentence or phrase into a password. For example, the word “for” may be replaced with the number 4 or the word “number” with the # symbol. With this method, a password such as “Save the number for later in the year” may read St#4LITY.

Use these other password safety tips:

  • Never give out your password to anyone.
  • Don’t use personal information in your passwords as it is easy to guess.
  • Use a combination of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Try using a full sentence with punctuation instead of a word.
  • Consider using multi-factor authentication on devices that offer it.

Passwords are critical when it comes to protecting your computer and mobile devices. Careless use of passwords can be as bad as leaving your computer or phone unlocked and unattended. For this reason, you should create and protect your passwords with care.