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Daily tip

Do Not Share Your Password

Passwords are a major defense against hackers, and developing good password practices will help keep your sensitive personal information and identity more secure. Here are some suggestions for developing better passwords:

  • Passwords should have at least eight characters, including uppercase and lowercase letters, numerals, and symbols.
  • Avoid common words; some hackers use programs that try every word in the dictionary.
Click for four more suggestions!