We put everything online.  It’s convenient for work and our personal lives.  Our confidential information is being stored and our lives are being shared, and all of it is safe and secure behind our passwords.  Regardless of the unspeakable amount of combinations that your password could be, breaches of security still happen.  Our reputations can be destroyed and our identities can be stolen.  This is something that most people don’t worry about or realize how much of a problem it is until they fall victim.  And, it happens more than we realize.  More than a quarter billion people have had their information stolen or lost in the past three years due to security breach. But it’s not just your neighbor, cousin or random person riding the bus that ends up with their information stolen. It happens to everyone: large companies and corporations, universities, and even health data. Just recently, Zappos.com was hacked and 24 million customers names, addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of their credit card number and even encrypted passwords were made available to the cyber criminal.  Unfortunately this is not the only, nor the smallest breach of security this year.   Hackers feed on your information and identity, and are constantly discovering new ways to get inside your data.   Anyone can become a victim, which is why it’s important that you create a strong password.

Creating strong passwords for the numerous login credentials that we need for online banking, credit cards, email accounts, social media and beyond, tends to be overwhelming.  This is why we make our strategy transparent for ourselves.  We create simple passwords that include our names, our spouses and children’s names, phone numbers, our hometowns and any other effortless thing that we’ll never forget.  And on top of it all, when it’s time to create new login credentials, we opt to reuse passwords.  It’s simple and convenient.  But not just for us, for hackers too.

So what are your options?  You don’t want to be toting around sticky notes listing off your passwords.  You don’t want to share this information with anyone, and you definitely don’t want to be reusing old passwords.  What can you do to make sure your login information is manageable to you, but most importantly, secure?

You use Keeper.

Keeper takes the hassle out of creating several hack-free passwords for all your login information and guards your data. However, even though Keeper is secured with military grade,128-bit AES encryption it’s still vital that you create a strong master password.

Keeper stores all of your passwords and information behind one master password.  This allows you to only have responsibility for remembering that one single password, instead of the twenty you might have.  Your master password shouldn’t be the same as any other password that you have created, and should never be written down or stored anywhere but your own mind.

Tips for creating a strong master password:

- Length: Make sure your password is at least 8 characters long. The shorter your password, the shorter the amount of time anyone will need to crack your code.

- Unique: Stay away from using a simple word, name, phone number or address that’s available to others.

- Substitution: Try to mix up your letters and numbers to spell out certain things. Instead of using Hello!IamJodine as your password, try H3ll0!I@mJ0d1n3.

- Variety: Always use a combination of letters (upper and lower), numbers, and symbols.

If you need help remembering your strong password, create an acronym.

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