Because of Heartbleed, you had to go in an update dozens of your accounts with new passwords. When creating a new password, it’s tempting to create something easy or something similar to your old password. It might be easier to remember, but RESIST temptation. Create a whole new password and follow these guidelines:

1. Don’t use a one word password; use a phrase or an acronym. For instance, instead of “Fluffy,” you would use “FluffyTheCat” OR “FTC”

2. So now you’ve got a phrase-based password: “FluffyTheCat.” Still not good enough. You should be taking advantage of uppercase and lowercase letters along with numerals and symbols.

Numbers: 0123456789
Symbols: ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ – + = { } [ ] | : ; ” ‘ < > , . ? /

So:
FluffytheCat14#
20fluffyTHEcat.14
FTC!!14

These are all much stronger passwords than just FluffyTheCat or FTC

3. So now you’ve got freakin’ awesome password. Do yourself a massive favor and DON’T USE IT FOR EVERY ONLINE ACCOUNT YOU HAVE. If a devious hacker does figure out your impossible password and you’ve used this password for everything, then guess what? They have access to your personal email, work email, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, bank account, Amazon account, Ebay account–anything you can think of, they can break into it.

4. Be cautious of any place you write down your password. For instance, think about what would happen if you kept all your passwords written down on a word document on your laptop. Now think about if that laptop was stolen or lost. All your personal and company information has now been compromised and immediate action is required to keep that information safe.

To learn more about Heartbleed and what you can do to stay safe, click here.

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