Tips to protect your identity on World Password Day

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Along with Star Wars Day, May 4 is also World Password Day.

Best Buy says that last year, identity fraud hit an all-time high when “an estimated $16 billion” was stolen from more than 15 million Americans.

The company said stolen credentials and weak login information led to digital accounts getting taken over.

Best Buy’s Taryn Bitterly says “weak passwords contain fewer than eight characters, only lower or upper case letters, only numbers or just a “real” word.”

Bitterly offers these tips for protecting your passwords:

  • Use a passphrase, not a password
  • Avoid pet names, birthdays and other commonly known things
  • Come up with a mnemonic device
  • Use a manager program to remember multiple complex passwords
  • Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts
  • Change passwords at a minimum rate of every 90 days
  • When using a public computer, clear browser history and cache data provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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