The internet is a phenomenal tool to have when wanting to connect with friends however, if you do not protect yourself and your data it can very quickly turn into a dangerous and unfriendly space.
What is a strong password?
- 8 – 12 characters
- Mix of numbers and letters
- UPPERCASE and lowercase characters
- Special characters
How do I create a strong password?
Computer programs, bots and hackers have become extremely smart and it is very important that when creating a password, you start by select one that is very difficult for any computer program to figure out:
- Select a phrase: My little sister Samantha was born in March
- Use the first letter from some or all of the words in your phrase and use UPPER and lower case letters: MlsSamanthawborniM
- Changes some letters into numbers and symbols: M!sSamanthawb0rn!M
Remember to always keep your passwords private!
To further ensure online safety you can also create 2FA – two-factor authentication – on social media platforms and apps. This adds an extra layer of security to your account. The two-factor authentication works by allowing access to the user only if they have provided two successful pieces of evidence that confirm the user’s claimed identity. A 2FA allows you to give a password, if the password is correct then a second prompt will require you to complete a second step to gain access. Each social media platform has it’s own 2FA set up which you can read more about below:
Facebook 2FA – https://www.facebook.com/help/148233965247823
WhatsApp 2FA – https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/android/26000021/
Instagram 2FA – https://help.instagram.com/566810106808145
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