Keeping you safer as you work online

Password managers are a good way to protect all your online accounts. These tools take care of creating and remembering complex passwords, store them, and warn if any have been posted for sale to hackers.

When you reuse a compromised password, hackers can easily crack open your other accounts. By reusing the same password for business and personal accounts, hackers can breach the entire business network.

85: Average number of person’s online accounts that require a username and password

65% of us use the same username and password for nearly every account

40%: Passwords stolen by hackers three years ago that are still in use

15: Minimum number of random characters recommended for a safe password

1: Rank of “stolen passwords” among the most effective methods hackers use to commit crimes

9 billion: Number of user names and passwords for sale on the dark web

By far the most common passwords are a variation of “12345”, “qwerty” and names of famous people. Here are 10 others.

1: Test1

2: Password

3: iloveyou

4: princess

5: sunshine

6: monkey

7: dragon

8: nothing

9: secret

10: admin

Almost all brands of Password Managers can sync across all your Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. A few even let you authenticate on iOS or Android with your fingerprint or face. Here, in alphabetical order, are some of the top Password Managers as named by Consumer Reports and PC Magazine

1Password

LastPass

BitDefender

McAfee

Dashlane

Symantec

Keeper

Zoho

Here's everything you need to know about

using a password manager to protect

your personal and job-related accounts.

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Sources: Digital Guardian, Forbes, CPO Magazine, Panda Security, CNN, Google, PC Magazine, Consumer Reports

Ransomware on the rise: In the coming days, you may learn personal information about Lady Gaga, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, and other personalities. A law firm they use has been hacked, and thieves are threatening to make sensitive information about these stars public unless a ransom is paid. Don't let your employer get hacked with ransomware! Avoid downloading email attachments that you're unsure about.

Many new COVID websites are fakes. 30,000 new websites with the word "COVID" have been established in recent weeks. According to the cybersecurity company CheckPoint, an estimated one in five of those websites is malicious, designed only to collect personal information that can be used to steal money and personal identities. The company also says fake emails claiming to be from the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting donations to help fight COVID are on the rise. 

Since mid-March, we're spending up to 50% more money online. Fraudsters know it. They're stepping up attempts to steal our passwords, often sending fake emails about an attempted package delivery. 

A link in the email will take you to a webpage like this one, designed to collect your personal information and gain access to your other online accounts.

Use the slider bar to spot clues that this website is a fake.

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