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Cybersecurity experts help recommend how to choose secure passwords

Passwords are important to keep information secure, though users often rely on easy-to-remember, or rather simple passwords.

Published Thu, May 22 2014 8:25 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

So much news focuses on end-user security practices, and choosing a password is a very important step to try and keep data secure. Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly savvy in compromising users, relying on a mix of malware and social engineering to steal information.

Cybersecurity experts help recommend how to choose secure passwords | TweakTown.com

Instead of a password, choosing a "passphrase" is a good first step; for example, "SantaMonicaBeach," or something that doesn't just rely on a single-word password. Users should also forget about relying on names of pets or family members, as social engineering leads criminals to troll social media accounts to gain additional information on users.

As users tend to have even more passwords, using some type of password manager is a good method to keep passwords under control. If possible, using two-step verification, whenever offered, is an important additional layer of security for users.

NEWS SOURCE:blogs.wsj.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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