Psss... It's Password Day. Pass it on!
If Hanson’s MmmBop was the number one single when you last changed the password for your email account, it’s time for an update. Like certain pop songs, passwords don’t stand the test of time.
Password Day serves as a great reminder to update your passwords — and not just for your email account. Consider changing the passwords for your bank and credit card, utility, and social media accounts, too. A few minutes of your time could save you the hassle and headache of a hacked account.
As you create new passwords, keep these tips in mind:
- The longer the password, the tougher it is to crack. Use at least 10 characters; 12 is ideal for most home users.
- Mix letters, numbers, and special characters. Try to be unpredictable — don’t use your name, birthdate, or common words.
- Don’t use the same password for many accounts. If it’s stolen from you — or from one of the companies with which you do business — it could be used to take over all your accounts.
Password Day is also a terrific time to review good online security practices and share them with your friends and family.