Today is National Change Your Password Day

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February 1st is National Change Your Password Day. Changing passwords helps to protect sensitive information and reduce the risk of unauthorized access.

Hackers now have advanced technology that has allowed them to hack into personal information systems more efficiently. As a result, within the past five years, about 3 million complaints of cyber security threats have led to almost 19 billion in losses.

In a recent survey conducted by Secure Data Recovery, Pennsylvania was the 9th most digitally vulnerable state and the number 1 state most susceptible to stolen passwords.

How can we ensure the safety of our passwords?

  1. Multi-factor authentication: This method requires the user to use more than one verification factor to get into a website/account. The second verification usually arrives via email or SMS. Multi-factor authentication can also use characteristics such as fingerprints or facial identity to recognize you.
  2. Auto-generated passwords: Using an auto-generated password helps to create a unique password for that website and every other website account. These passwords are also more complex and secure for the user’s device.
  3. Password managers: A password manager is software that securely stores and manages login credentials for multiple websites and applications, such as passwords and usernames. It generates and automatically fills in strong and unique passwords, reducing the need for users to remember and manually enter them.

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