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PASSWORD SECURITY

DECEMBER 21, 2023 | FRAUD PREVENTION


Managing your online passwords with a web browser such as Chrome, Safari, or Edge can be risky. Hackers continue to develop ways around the security measures of browser-based password managers. While using your web browser's password manager to remember your login information seems convenient, it may be providing you with a false sense of security.

Zero-knowledge password managers provide more security than browser-based password managers. With zero-knowledge managers, even the software employees and developers cannot access your data. This kind of information separation, in conjunction with the latest encryption techniques, makes it extremely difficult for your passwords to get into the wrong hands. Using a zero-knowledge manager will help keep your passwords safe and make it easier to use a different password for every service or product.

Securing your passwords is just the beginning. Following simple password security tips will help keep your passwords secure and out of the hands of potential hackers.

Use passcodes or biometrics on mobile devices. Your mobile device contains a lot of personal information. In the wrong hands, all that information can be accessed instantly.

Make your passwords complex. Include numbers, symbols, uppercase letters, and lowercase letters. Doing so makes it difficult for hackers to figure out your passwords.

Avoid using personal information. Obvious personal information can easily be figured out by hackers. Avoid using birthdates, your name, family members names, etc.

Do not use the same password for multiple sites. If one of your passwords is compromised, the hacker could potentially use that same password to get into other applications.

Change your passwords every 3 months. Frequently updating your passwords makes it more difficult for fraudsters to get a hold of your personal information.

Password security is one important tool in preventing fraud and protecting your personal information.

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