People generally know that they should have strong passwords for their accounts, but many don’t do so. More often, they will have a single, relatively simple password they use over and over again.

However, this isn’t a good idea. If a hacker can gain access to one such account with a password that’s as simple as a birthday or a pet’s name, he could gain access to many.

As such, having a long password using numbers, letters, and symbols – often at random – is a better idea. In addition, consumers should never use the same password for more than one account. Passwords should also be changed on a regular basis.

It may seem difficult to keep track of 12-character passwords that are a random assortment of letters, numbers, and symbols, across many different sites. However, it’s certainly better than being victimized by fraud and theft.

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