Consumer Alert: Creating a strong password

Published: Oct. 8, 2017 at 1:30 PM CDT
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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, meaning it's a good time to step up your personal security.

This last week, Yahoo announced that all 3 billion of its users were hacked. Top consumer experts say weak passwords are often the entry point that allow hackers into your information.

Here are some tips to make sure your information stays safe.

To make a strong password, never use words or a sequence of numbers or letters.

Instead, think of a long pass phrase. For example, the first letter of every word in a sentence or use numbers and symbols.

Experts say don't reuse passwords from another account or reuse an old password.

Also, don't overlap passwords from banking websites to your favorite shopping website and don't use the same password at home and work.

If you have the option, use multi-factor authentication.

Many sites offer a second step by sending a text message to your phone or email, giving you a one time pass code; so it's beneficial to take advantage of this added security.

Also, change your password if a breach has been confirmed or suspected.