Keep it complicated
One of the best ways to keep your information safe is to use unique, complex passwords or passphrases for your online accounts. A strong password is at least 12 characters (letters, numbers, or symbols) while a strong passphrase should be at least 15 characters and 4 or more random words. Consider using a password manager to protect your passwords and keep them in a secure place so you don’t have to memorize or write them down (only to lose it soon after).
For an added layer of protection, use two-factor authentication or multi-factor authentication whenever available. Doing so adds an extra step to your login process (by receiving a PIN to your phone or email, for example), but helps prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to your account without confirming the PIN, thumbprint, or facial recognition.
For more information on Cybersecurity Awareness Month and ways to stay safe online, use the resources below.