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Password strength—How secure is your password?

 Studies show that changing a password every three months is good for internal protection in the office.

In today's world, you need a strong password because otherwise, even an amateur hacker can get into your email, documents, and other personal information. Most individuals use the same weak password for their email, banking, personal computer, work computer, and social networking. This makes it easy for hackers to attack. The first thing they may attack is your social networking account (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). These websites have lighter security setup than a bank or your work office would. Once the hacker figures out the password to your Facebook or Twitter account, they'll be able to obtain all of your information by hacking into your bank account or personal computer. This is where your life will get difficult because it is often hard to recover from identity theft.

The key to picking a strong password is to use 12 characters or more, including:lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols. To avoid having a weak password, check MJJT's password strength tester. You could change your password every day, but if it's weak, it can still be hacked. With a strong password, your information will be safe and a hacker will never be able to access your information. If you don't have a security policy, or you need your company's IT security reviewed, you can contact Jenny Jo, our Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), certified by the ISACA Corporation.

Check your password strength here.

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