WICHITA FALLS, TX - The average person has dozens of online accounts. Most people take a dangerous shortcut and use the same password over and over again or use something simple like "123456" or even the word "password". This makes it easy for a hacker to steal your data or even your identity.
Better Business Bureau and the National Cyber Security Alliance offer these tips to make your passwords safer.
Make passwords long and strong. Don't use a single word. Try a phrase or a jumble of words that only means something to you. Mix upper and lower case letters, add numbers in random places, and add a symbol.
Use unique passwords for every account. Don't use the same password for every account, even though it may be convenient and easier to remember.
Secure your passwords. Keep a written list of passwords in a safe place, not on or near your computer or smart phone and never share your passwords.
Change your passwords regularly. This is one of the best ways to keep your private information safe.