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Secure Your Passwords

05/20/20

Securing your passwords is crucial in today's digital landscape, and the impact of doing so cannot be overstated. A 2023 Norton study revealed that weak, stolen, or reused passwords were responsible for over 80% of confirmed data breaches in 2022. Addressing this issue is within your control, and the following recommendations can significantly enhance the security of your passwords and protect your bank accounts and other valuable online information.


Avoid Using the Most Common Passwords

Hacking programs easily target predictable choices, so avoid using the most common passwords at all costs. Disturbingly, 2023 most used password compilations still list "123456" and "password" as some of the most used passwords out there. It's imperative to steer clear of such simplistic options and opt for more intricate combinations.


Remove Easily Obtainable Information

Refrain from incorporating easily obtainable information into your passwords, such as birthdays, anniversaries, children's names, favorite vacation spots, sports teams, or pet names. The potential exposure of such details online makes them vulnerable to hacking attempts and expose you to potential fraud.


Use Different Passwords for Each Account

Recycling the same password across multiple accounts is a risky practice. Invest time in ensuring each of your online accounts has a unique password. Password manager apps, many of which are free, can efficiently assist in managing and safeguarding your credentials.


Use two-factor authentication when possible.

Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) whenever possible. This extra layer of security, requiring a secondary verification method like a text message code in addition to your password, significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized account access.

While passwords are a main key to internet security, it is important to recognize that they are just one aspect to staying safe online. Use tools like our resource articles to stay informed about emerging threats, including social engineering attacks. Additionally, employ additional measures such as firewalls and up-to-date antivirus software to fortify your overall digital defense. If you think any of your Sunflower Bank related passwords or information have been compromised, contact us today to talk to a bank representative.

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