The amount of data, devices and connections we have today could bring a potentially new set of online security threats. Here’s how to stay protected while connected.
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Use strong, secure passwords
Next think about using a strong password. It’s one that can’t easily be guessed. For even stronger protections, use a long, strong passphrase for each account. Put together a mix of unconnected words of 15 characters or more. Include upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. For instance, a phrase such as “I desk eight tacos” becomes 1dE$k3at8t@c0$. As a result, you can stay connected more securely.
Do more to protect your passwords
Solid passphrases are a great first step for keeping your accounts secure. But, you can do more. Two-factor authentication makes it even harder for thieves to access your account. This extra layer of security combines a username and password with a second factor only you have (e.g. a one-time passcode via text message; a push notification to your mobile device; or a code generator app). The second factor could also be something unique to you, like a fingerprint or retinal scan.
In an ever-changing digital world, these tips can help you do a better job of protecting your online accounts.
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Article provided by Local Government Federal Credit Union.