Password Panic- How to Better Secure Yourself

Do you use the same password for multiple accounts? A recent report from TeleSign shows roughly 3 out of 4 of us do so AND have not changed said passwords in over 5 years.  It should not come a shock, then, to learn that around 40% of people polled have had a “security incident” in the past year (meaning an account was hacked, a password was stolen, or personal information was compromised).

It may or may not surprise you that some of the most common passwords still used today are 123456, password, 12345, 12345678, and qwerty. A whopping 73% of online accounts are protected by duplicated passwords. In 2015, 2 in 5 people had their account hacked, had personal information compromised, and had a password stolen. Passwords should be at LEAST 8 characters long. When possible, use 12 to 14 characters and include lowercase and uppercase alphabetic characters, numbers and symbols. For more advice and the dos and don’ts on creating secure passwords, click here.

68% of people say they want companies to provide an extra layer of security. You can do this yourself! We cannot recommend more that you join the movement to #TurnOn2FA. In order to increase your online security you must turn on two-factor authentication.  Is it more convenient? No. Is it worth it? YES.

It is time. Two-factor authentication significantly decreases your risk of being hacked. This could be your online shopping accounts linked to credit cards, your banking account, social media accounts, and more.  It’s time to stop making it so easy. Change your passwords and #TurnOn2FA!