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Essential Tips for Stronger Passwords

An isometric graphic representing World Password Day. The image features a large computer monitor displaying a password input screen with a security icon. In the foreground, a woman appears stressed, holding her head. Around the monitor, four individuals collaboratively fit together jigsaw puzzle pieces, symbolizing teamwork and problem-solving in cybersecurity. The image includes the logo of Wedgwood Insurance and the text 'WORLD P@$2WORD DAY - Quick tips for creating and saving your online passwords. The overall theme is to promote the use of strong passwords.

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Today marks World Password Day, a momentous occasion to reassess your digital security practices. At Wedgwood Insurance, we understand passwords’ critical role in protecting your online presence. That’s why we’ve compiled some essential tips to help strengthen your passwords and boost your cybersecurity.

1. Add Variety A strong password contains a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. This diversity helps defend against brute force attacks and makes your passwords harder to guess.

2. Make It Long The longer your password, the better. Aim for passwords that are at least 12 characters long. Longer passwords significantly increase the time it would take for an attacker to crack them.

3. Don’t Recycle Using the same password across multiple sites increases your vulnerability if one site gets breached. Always use unique passwords for different accounts to isolate potential security breaches.

4. Steer Clear of Personal Information Personal details such as your name, birthday, or family names are easily accessible and often guessed. Avoid using easily obtainable personal information in your passwords.

5. Change Is Good Regularly updating your passwords helps protect against ongoing exposure from data breaches. Aim to change your passwords every three to six months, especially for sensitive accounts like email and banking.

6. Use a Password Manager Remembering a unique, long, and complex password for each account can be daunting. Utilize a password manager to keep track of your passwords securely. These tools can also generate stronger passwords for you.

Your passwords are the keys to your digital kingdom. This World Password Day, take a moment to ensure they are robust, secure, and updated regularly. Visit our website at for more tips and information on protecting your online identity.

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Author Jamie Ross

Jamie Ross leads the Marketing and Communications team at Wedgwood Insurance, renowned as one of Atlantic Canada’s premier independent insurance brokers. Bringing a wealth of experience amassed over many years at some of Canada's most esteemed advertising agencies, Jamie transitioned to the insurance industry in 2017. This pivotal move has marked a period of significant professional growth and contribution to the field. A native Nova Scotian, Jamie has been a resident of St. John's, NL, since 2011, where he has become an integral part of the local community. Learn more about Jamie.

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