Now is the perfect time to protect yourself and your organization by changing your passwords. Every day hackers steal confidential information because of weak passwords, but not all hackers take what they need and leave—some may continue accessing your account, either to monitor your data or continue stealing information over time. Strong and regularly changed passwords are your first line of defense against these criminals. As a reminder, for each account, use a unique password that has a minimum of eight characters and contains at least three characters from the four categories below, or use a password generator or manager.
- Upper case letters (A-Z)
- Lower case letters (a-z)
- Numbers (0-9)
- Special characters (!@#$%^&)
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