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10 Password Tips to Help You Sleep Better at Night

Feb 22, 2017

Okay, who has ever used a password that’s “12345” or “password?” Most of us are guilty for taking the easy way out when it comes to remembering and re-using passwords. On average, each individual maintains from 15 to 25 accounts--who has the time and ability to remember that many complicated passwords? Well, think of the cost and consequences of not taking the time.

According to Cloudswave, more than 8 million Americans become victims of stolen passwords annually -- to the tune of $37 billion in losses. By taking a few extra steps, you can greatly increase the security of your online presence.

  1. Make sure your password is 8-12 characters long and include numbers, symbols and uppercase and lowercase letters.
  2. Don’t use simple words or phrases like “password” or “abc123.” Stay away from personal information like children’s names or birthdays
  3. Don’t use the same password for all of your accounts.
  4. Change your passwords every 6 months, at a minimum. If you think your password or computer has been compromised, change your passwords immediately.
  5. Don’t share your passwords, write them down, email them or text them.
  6. You can create strong passwords via websites like, or check your password strength at
  7. Use password management apps, like LastPast or Keeper, to store and organize passwords in an encrypted file.
  8. Consider multi-factor or dual authentication where you are required to enter a second password command which is typically sent in a message to your mobile device with a code you need to type in to verify it’s you.
  9. Utilize password technology enhancements, such as biometric (fingerprint) on your mobile device, for an extra layer of protection.
  10. Make it a habit to log off your sites and devices when finished.

By taking a little extra time when creating and managing your passwords, you’ll save a lot of aggravation later.

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Jerry Ravi

Jerry Ravi is a Partner and the National Practice Leader of the firm's Risk and Compliance Services (RCS) Group. His focus is Enterprise Risk Management ERM and internal audit and compliance. He assists in designing enterprise risk management programs ERM which include deploying risk-based internal audit plans to enhance governance processes and monitor on-going compliance.

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