A simple way to improve your password

Here's a simple way to boost online security: Make your password longer.

It's (not so) simple math: An 8-character password offers 722 trillion possible combinations, based on 26 upper-case letters in the alphabet, 26 lower-case, 10 numbers and 10 special characters.

Opt for a 12-character password and you've increased that to 19 sextillion combinations. So while you might think a password like G2&jx99S might be pretty solid, you'd actually get more security out of a longer string, even if it's plain English. Try this one: I'mLoggingInSoHere'sMyPassword.

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