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How To Create Safer Passwords

A strong password is key to protecting yourself online.

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People are doing most everyday tasks—from paying bills to tracking their retirement—online these days. Many activities require password-protected accounts. If an account is compromised, it can put your personal and financial information at risk. Help safeguard against hackers by using secure passwords.

Strengthening Credentials
Test the strength of your current passwords. If a password isn’t up to par, create a new one that has at least eight characters and a mix of symbols, numbers and capitalization. Also keep these pointers in mind:

Getting Creative
The more thought you put into a password, the harder it should be to crack. Try this: Use the first letter of every word in a memorable sentence, but add symbols, capitalization and numbers. For example, “My teacher’s name in 2000 was Mrs. Cooke,” might translate to “mtn!Y2KwMC.”

Storing and Securing Passwords
Remembering your passwords can be difficult if you have many online accounts. Rather than use one password for all your computer activities, try using a password manager software program to keep track of your different login information. Just be sure to do your research and choose a reputable, secure company.

Additional ways to protect your online accounts:

Suspect you are a victim of identity theft, or want advice on how to take precautions to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft? As a MetLife Auto & Home® policyholder, you have access to dedicated fraud specialists who will assist you every step of the way, at no cost to you and no claim needed! Call CyberScout at 866-305-7216, or visit its website at http://cyberscout-idtheft.com/, for 24/7 assistance.*

 

*Identity protection services are not available to auto customers in NC or NH nor with all policy forms. Identity protection services are available in NC homeowners policies with the optional “Identity Theft Expense and Resolution Plus” endorsement for an additional premium.

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