A Weak Password Can Put Your Home Network at Risk
According to the New York Times, over half of Americans have had an account hacked in the past two years.
Part of the problem is that our passwords are terrible. Unfortunately, the more secure we make them, the more difficult they are for us to remember. There are countless websites, apps and accounts that we have to create passwords to access. Many people even use the same password for multiple accounts, so if someone figures out the password to one of your accounts, they will likely be able to access many of your other accounts.
Passwords remain critical to keeping our online information secure. They are not a perfect method, however they remain our best option. What can be done to increase the security of our accounts and also make logging into our favorite accounts easier?
- Think of a password phrase instead of a password word. Adding length to your password using multiple words is an easy way to make your password more secure.
- Adding length is even better than adding special characters. Password cracking software knows most of the common substitutions that people use with special characters. For example, using @ instead of ‘a’.
- Using words that are not typically found in the dictionary are a way to add security as well. A simple way to do this is to use a proper last name.
As a reminder, your Nuvera email password must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum of 12 characters long
- Upper and lower-case letters
- At least one number
- Special characters are encouraged but aren’t required
For more information on how to protect your accounts with stronger passwords, visit our blog on one simple method that will help you think of more secure passwords. As a reminder, Nuvera, or any other reputable company, will never ask for your password by phone or email.