We've all heard the frightening stories about identity theft - and the time and money it takes to straighten out the mess left behind. Believe it or not, something as simple as a "strong" password can be an effective line of defense against those who would access your accounts or steal your identity.
What does a password need to be rated as "strong?" At a minimum, your passwords should:
A password might meet most of this criteria and still be considered weak. For example, Hello2u! is a weak password, but by changing just a few characters, H31l02U!! is considered a "very strong" password. If you need help, you can search for "random password generators" or "test password strength" for sites that will 'grade' your password(s).