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Shorter Passwords Can Be Guessed Easily By Hackers. Always Use Long Passwords.

Hackers often crack passwords using computer programs that try different passwords until they find the right one. Longer passwords take much longer to guess because they have many more
possibilities. A six character alphanumeric password, regardless of what the password is, has approximately 19 billion possible configurations. A seven character password has over a trillion
possible configurations. While both of these numbers may sound high, a computer program can crack a six character password in under an hour. Read more about strong passwords.


According to the Federal Trade Commission, phishing is when “internet fraudsters impersonate a legitimate organization to trick you into giving out your personal information.”

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Short for "malicious software," malware is hostile or intrusive software used by hackers to gain access to and retrieve sensitive information from personal computer, phones, and mobile devices.

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Password Security

Password Security is an important procedure in ensuring your online security. Click the link below to view some of the different steps involved in protecting and selecting the password.

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Identity Protection

Identity theft is a crime in which an imposter obtains key pieces of personal information, such as Social Security or driver's license numbers, in order to impersonate someone else. Click Below for important steps to protect yourself.

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