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Tech Tuesday: Passwords

If you're not a technical person, you might not think that having a strong password is all that important. After all, you might not have any sensitive information on your computer or online accounts, and you might not be at risk of being hacked. However, even if you're not a tech-savvy person, it's still important to have a strong password for the following reasons:

  1. Protects your personal information: Even if you don't have any sensitive information stored on your computer or online accounts, you still likely have some personal information, such as your name, address, and phone number, that you don't want to fall into the wrong hands. A strong password can help prevent unauthorized access to this information.

  2. Protects your online accounts: Whether you use your computer for personal or work-related purposes, you probably have a variety of online accounts, such as email, social media, and financial accounts. A strong password can help protect these accounts from being hacked or compromised, which can prevent fraud and identity theft.

  3. Protects your data: If you store any data on your computer or online, such as documents, photos, or other files, it's important to protect it with a strong password. This can prevent unauthorized access to your data and keep it safe from being stolen or deleted.

So, what makes a password strong? A strong password should be at least 8 characters long and contain a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. It should also be unique and not used for any other accounts.

If you're not sure how to create a strong password, there are a few options you can try:

  1. Use a password manager: A password manager is a tool that can generate strong, unique passwords for all of your accounts and store them securely. All you have to remember is a single master password to access your password manager.

  2. Use a phrase: Instead of using a single word as your password, try using a phrase or a combination of words. This can make your password longer and more secure. For example, "I love my cat Fluffy" could become "ILoveMyCatFluffy123!"

  3. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters: Mixing up different types of characters can make your password more secure. For example, instead of using "password" as your password, try "p@ssw0rd!" Using a password generator can help with creating a strong password.

Remember, it's important to change your passwords regularly, especially if you suspect that your account has been compromised or if you've reused a password in the past. By following these tips, you can create strong, secure passwords that will help protect your personal information, online accounts, and data.

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