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By Anne Purcell
We do everything online, from keeping in touch through social media accounts to banking. This has led to everyone having a lot of sensitive data behind User IDs and passwords.
As the internet evolves, hackers continue to become more innovative. It is important that those who use online services use passwords that are as secure as possible—especially when it comes to banking and financial security. When it comes to password security, data shows that over 50% of adults use birthdays or names in their passwords and the most commonly used password is 123456—even in 2023. Keeping your information safe using strong passwords for your accounts should be a top priority.
Here are some recommended tips to help you create strong passwords:
Common passwords include names of kids, relatives, favorite sports teams or important dates. While using these types of passwords might be easier for you to remember, using any information found on social media or on public records can make it easy for hackers to figure out your password.
Consider using these tips and tricks for more secure passwords:
Using the same password for multiple sites is tempting, especially when you are creating more difficult passwords to remember. However, using the same password for numerous sites increases your chances of a hacker accessing more than one of your accounts.
Consider using a password manager to help keep your passwords organized and easily accessible. A password manager is an app you can install on your phone or computer that stores passwords in one centralized location. This way, you'll only have to remember one strong password instead of multiple. Make sure to select a reputable password manager.
Cybersecurity experts recommend changing your passwords every three months; however, there are instances when you should immediately change your password. Events such as:
If you need to change your Alliant password for any reason, you can learn how to do so here.
While having a strong password is one way of increasing security, if two-factor authentication is available, consider using it to increase security even more. Two-factor authentication requires a second identity validation when logging in.
You can learn more about two-factor authentication on our blog and get step-by-step set-up instructions for 2FA on your Alliant account in our help section.
Passwords are essential. While creating passwords that are complex is more time consuming than using simple passwords, they provide more protection for your online accounts.
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