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Password best practices

Don't use personal information in your passwords

Easy passwords, such as password123 or your dog’s name, are simple to remember but also simple for cybercriminals to crack. Your first line of defense against cybercriminals breaking into your online accounts and stealing your personal data is to use strong, one-of-a-kind passwords. Strong passwords should be long, complex and difficult to remember.

A strong password has:

  • At least 8 characters, and preferably more
  • Both UPPERCASE and lowercase letters
  • Both letters and numbers
  • At least one special character, such as ! @ # ?

Don't reuse passwords

Reusing the same passwords puts you at risk of a cyberattack, such as credential stuffing. A credential stuffing attack is when a cybercriminal takes leaked credentials from one site and uses them on multiple sites in an attempt to gain access to your accounts. This attack works on the assumption that people often use the same username and password across multiple sites.

Don't share passwords in unencrypted formats

Sharing your passwords through unencrypted formats such as Microsoft Teams, Messenger, Slack, Discord, etc., leaves your information at extreme high risk. It is advised to never share your passwords, but if you absolutely must, we highly recommend securely sharing your passwords with an encrypted password vault.

FAQs on password security

Is the Keeper password generator safe to use?

Yes, the Keeper password generator is entirely safe for general use. Using Keeper's random password generator is safer and more secure than coming up with a password on your own.

How can my team generate secure passwords?

The best way to ensure your team is generating secure passwords across business accounts would be to incorporate a password manager. Keeper’s business password manager creates high-strength, random passwords. It also lets you safely share them when you need to. Each employee gets access to Keeper on unlimited company devices, giving you company-wide protection and peace of mind.

Do all of my accounts need a unique password?

Yes, security experts recommend using strong, unique passwords for each of your online services and accounts. Don't ever reuse passwords. The security of all your accounts is in danger if you use the same password for everything.

What's the most secure way to store a password?

The safest and most secure way to store all of your unique passwords is in a password vault. Keeper's password vault is an encrypted digital web vault that stores online login credentials, documents, images and other sensitive information. A password vault allows customers to use a single master password that decrypts the vault and provides access to different passwords used for various websites and services.

How often should I change my password?

We urge you to change your password at least every 6 months to a year. Although, if you suspect any suspicious activity on any of your accounts, we suggest you change your password immediately.

What are the most common password mistakes?

Many people fall victim to creating a password that would be easy for them to remember. For example, your dog's name, your last name followed with “123”, your birthday, etc. Easy-to-remember passwords can allow anyone to gain access to your accounts. Here are some examples of the most common password mistakes:

  • Using the same password for every account
  • Using personal information in passwords
  • Using passwords that are too short
  • Not storing passwords in a password vault

Overall, strong passwords should be long, complex and difficult to remember. Learn more about how to create strong passwords.

Keeper secures you at home and on-the-go

Generating strong passwords is important, but without storing them in a password manager like Keeper, you're putting your passwords and other personal information at risk for a devastating cyberattack. Keeper generates strong, unique passwords for all of your apps and accounts, and it stores them in a secure digital vault that you can access from any device, running any operating system. You'll never lose or forget another password again!

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