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How to create a strong password to stay safe online

March is Fraud Prevention Month, an annual awareness initiative started by the Competition Bureau to help Canadians recognize, reject and report fraud.

Fraud can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, education levels or economic background, which is why it’s important to educate yourself on ways to stay safe online. Yet according to CPA Canada, many Canadians continue to use unsafe and outdated techniques to protect themselves and their personal data.

ABC Connect for Learning is a digital literacy program that offers free resources to those looking to improve their digital skills. With ABC Connect for Learning, adult and senior Canadians develop a basic understanding of what the internet is, how to access it, and most importantly, how to stay safe online.

One of the best ways to protect yourself from online fraud is by using a strong password. Follow these tips to make sure your passwords will protect your information:

  • Pick a password that’s hard for someone else to guess
  • Keep your password secret
  • Change your password if you think someone else may have learned it
  • Use different passwords for different websites
  • Combine letters, numbers, and special characters like !@#$, but avoid following a pattern like a1!a1!a1!
  • Choose longer passwords instead of shorter ones
  • Pick a password you won’t forget!

Passwords to avoid

Here are some of the most common passwords in the world in 2019. Because lots of people use these passwords, they’re easy for dishonest people to guess. Don’t use passwords like these

  • 123456
  • qwerty
  • password
  • iloveyou
  • abc123
  • 111111

Download free resources

ABC Connect for Learning offers a variety of free resources to help users stay safe online.

To access more free resources to help you learn more about using the internet, visit abcconnectforlearning.ca.