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cnet articleThe following is an excerpt from Eric Franklin | January 27, 2016 | cnet.com |

It's always better to be safe than sorry. Especially when it comes to your personal information. Keeping your info secure online requires you take more time and care, but what you lose in moments you'll surely make up in peace of mind.
Follow the steps below to increase your online security.

Protecting your password

Sure, you're not likely to openly share your password with people you don't trust, but unfortunately you don't have to go that far for it to be compromised. Yes, keeping passwords to yourself is a smart first step, but there is room to go further.

One tip is to choose a password that isn't easy for others to guess. Computer security expert, Bruce Scheier, suggests to "Combine a personally memorable sentence with some personally memorable tricks to modify that sentence into a password." So if your sentence is "When I was 11, my sister made me fight the neighborhood bully", your password could be "Wiw11msmmFtnbully". Obviously, don't use that one, but instead come up with your own.

Be sure to check out our password guide for more details on creating a secure password. Also, getting a password manager can make keeping track of passwords much more convenient and less time consuming if you forget them.

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