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Top Five Tips for Creating a Secure Password:

1. Use a unique password for every site you visit, especially important accounts like email and online banking.

2. Utilize a combination of upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols – the more the better.

3. Use a phrase only you would know.

4. Establish your password recovery options and keep them up-to-date.

5. Change your passwords periodically (a recommended every three months), and avoid re-using the same password for at least a year.

Top Ten Worst Passwords of 2016:

1. 123456

2. password

3. 12345

4. 12345678

5. football

6. qwerty

7. 1234567890

8. 1234567

9. princess

10. 1234

We are at the point where no password under 15 characters is safe, and that means that remembering all of our passwords is no longer possible — we need password management software more than ever.

— Mark Burnett, security researcher and author of Perfect Passwords

Additional Tips:

▪ Utilize a password manager
▪ Ensure your computer is utilizing anti-virus software of some kind and keep it up-to-date to avoid keyloggers and malware
▪ Make sure no one is watching when you type in your password
▪ Avoid entering passwords on unsecured Wi-Fi connections or on public computers

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