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Mini-Series, Part 2: Four Simple Ways to Secure Your Accounts

Using strong passwords may seem like a no brainer, yet many people still use the same password for multiple logins and apps. Follow these steps to secure your accounts, and encourage your employees to do so too!

1. Use Strong Passwords

Use strong passwords and your account is less unlikely to get hacked. Fortunately, many online services now require strong passwords, making us all a bit safer. Strong passwords are:

  • Long — at least 10 characters. More is better!
  • Funky — add in some numbers, symbols, and capital letters.
  • Unique — don’t reuse an old password or use it anywhere else.

2. Use a Password Manager

Once you start creating strong passwords you’ll need a way to keep track of them. Do NOT write them down or store them in a spreadsheet! Instead, use a password management tool, like LastPass.

3. Watch out for Phishing Attempts

Hackers try to trick people into giving up their usernames & passwords in phishing attempts. Be on the lookout for suspicious emails or websites that may be trying to trick you.

4. Use Two Factor Authentication

The last step in protecting your accounts is to set up two factor authentication (2FA). You can set up 2FA for most of your accounts today including Gmail, Facebook, & Instagram!

Check out our recent tutorial on how to set up Two Factor Authentication.

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