You can reduce your chances of being hacked by regularly changing the passwords on all the accounts where you enter financial or other sensitive information. Set an automatic reminder to update passwords on your email, banking, and credit card websites every three months.
Different sites have different rules for passwords that they’ll accept, but here is some basic guidance on how to create strong passwords:
- Length. Make your passwords at least eight (8) characters long.
- Complexity. Include a combination of at least three (3) upper and/or lowercase letters, punctuation, symbols, and numerals. The more variety of characters in your password, the better.
- Variety. Don’t use the same password for everything. Cybercriminals can steal passwords from websites that have poor security and then use those same passwords to target more secure environments, such as banking websites.
If you think someone has gone into your account and changed your password, learn how to recover a hacked account.