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This infographic helps individuals create and manage strong passwords. This infographic complements our Tips for creating and managing your passwords.

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Tips for choosing, using and protecting passwords

Passwords are a way of keeping your personal information safer on your electronic devices and the Internet. Passwords can help prevent your personal information from being seen by others or even stolen.

  • Avoid obvious choices or a reference someone else could guess. For example, the name of your dog.
  • Make passwords eight or more characters.
  • Use different passwords for different websites, accounts and devices.
  • Change default or factory passwords.
  • Allow multi-factor authentication where possible.
  • Don’t share passwords.
  • Use automatic lock features.
  • Don’t use the “remember password” feature. Automatic logins are convenient, but risky if you share a computer.
  • If you use a password manager, do your research to find one you can trust.
  • If you need to write down passwords, keep them offline in a secure place.

Read our complete guidance: Tips for creating and managing your passwords

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