As a reminder, passwords for sites that have credit card or personal information should have strong, unique passwords:
Always use at least 8 characters.
Use a mix of alphabetical and numeric characters. Use a mixture of upper- and lowercase; passwords are case sensitive. Use symbols if the system allows.
Make your passwords a prefix and a suffix – the prefix might be Rr#1 and you use that for all sites that allow complex passwords
Some sites may not allow special characters so your prefix for those might be Rr31
Make your suffix specific to the site – Examples would be:
1) using a phrase to match the site: eBay might be “buyme” – Amazon might be “jungle”
2) the first letters of the site repeated: ebebeb or amamam
3) the site name reversed for four letters: yabe or noza
Your final password would be something like Rr#1buyme, Rr#1ebebeb, Rr#1yabe
Avoid suffixes like “ebay” for eBay and “amazon” for Amazon.
You may want to keep a separate prefix for banking sites.
You may want a prefix for work versus personal accounts.
If you use the same few prefixes and keep a list of your suffixes, your online accounts will be more secure. If one password is hacked, the hackers only get into that account and maybe know your prefix. #CyberAware
To help keep things straight, you might consider using a reputable password manager. Here are some recommendations: