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Thinking up passwords and managing them is a big pain, no two ways around it. One website requires a symbol, and another requires 14 characters. Your bank requires 10 characters, four PIN numbers and the answer to a secret question. Meanwhile, other places feel like they need an animal sacrifice and an offering of your first born! In the midst of all this, it’s easy to just use the same three or four passwords for everything — after all, that’s more secure than a single password, right?

But imagine this. Say you use the same password for your Gmail, your Amazon and the account you use to order gift cards at a 10% discount for client gifts. One day, the gift card website is hacked. Not only do the crooks get your credit card info, they also get the list of all the website’s users and those users’ passwords. Then, they publish these freely on the internet.

If you use different passwords for all your accounts, you’re safer despite any crisis that may arise. Make sure you follow these password security practices. Nothing is 100% secure, anyone who tells you they are are trying to sell you on the product. Use distinct passwords and store them in a secure place (such as a product like AuthAnvil which utilizes two-factor authentication), a book/piece of paper by the computer is not secure. Update or change your password every 90-days, ideally.

If you are ever looking for more information about this, such as two-factor authentication or increased security, contact Stratocent Technologies at (206) 300-0081.

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