Hacking is rampant but why make things easy?  Strong passwords are one way you can protect your data.

Accounts such as AOL, Facebook, Yahoo, and others like this are constantly under cyber attack as cyber criminals and hackers try to back their way into your accounts to gain access to your data. The reason it is so widespread is because these systems are widely used and well known to you, to me and to hackers.

To better defend against an attempted hack, you can simply create a stronger barrier of entry with a killer password.  To do this, make sure that your passwords are a minimum of 10 characters and use a combination of each of the following:

Numbers

Upper case letters

Lower case letters

Symbols

It may sound confusing, but an easy way to adjust to this type of thinking is to think of a phrase that you could remember and then convert that phrase into a password. Here are some examples.

Take the phrase, “I prepare taxes” – this could be rewritten and used as a password - !pr3par3TAX3s  (replace the I with an exclamation, the letter e with a 3 and capitalize the word TAX).

Or how about “Golf with me” - this could be rewritten and used as a password - g0$fw!thM3
(replace the letter l with a $, the I with an exclamation, capitalize the M and replace e with 3).

Try and use as many symbols as you can as you create your passwords.  Some systems may not allow symbols or spaces, but those systems will alert you to that fact and you can adjust accordingly.

Remember, you can use any system that will make the most sense to you to protect your data from an unexpected hacker.