Passwords - The key to security

What constitutes a strong password?

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Secure passwords are the cornerstone of online security. The two main parts of password security consist of:

a. Strong passwords

b. Different passwords for each application or sites

First, let’s look at what having a strong password means. Most importantly, your password should not contain common strings such as 1234 or p@ssw0rd. Another key part of password security is having a long password. Try to have at least 6 characters in your passwords. If you need help creating a password, try out the NetworkThreats password generator. Or, if you already have generated a password, check it with the secure password checker.

Now, let’s take a look at how to manage a different password for each website. There are several password managers that are great for keeping track of all your passwords. The first is Lastpass. This solution is a great idea if you have lots of devices. Lastpass can sync your passwords across different platforms. You can use Lastpass with Windows 10. On this platform, you can use the browser extension for automated password fill. The company also has clients for macOS, iOS, and Android. Another password manager is called KeePass. KeePass only works on Windows, and syncing passwords between devices takes more work.

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