With widespread free Wi-Fi and the seeming omnipresence of smartphones, most Americans (73%) are online daily, with one-fifth going online “almost constantly,” according to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey. Many sites accessed regularly, such as Facebook and Gmail, contain sensitive personal and financial information but are secured with just one password.
Of these user-generated passwords, 90% are vulnerable to hacking (Deloitte 2013). A strong password is an essential line of defense against hackers, so what steps should you take before putting your password to the test? Check out these seven ways to strengthen your password.