Setting strong passwords protects your privacy

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(NC) You don’t need to be the most creative person in the world to come up with a password that’s strong enough to keep some troublemaker from meddling in your business. A little ingenuity goes a long way toward keeping people out of your business.

If your password is weak and your phone or laptop falls into the wrong hands, someone might figure it out. If someone gets your password, they may be able to get into your accounts, see your social media activities or even pretend to be you.

Passwords should be easy to remember but not easy enough for someone else to guess. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada offers tips for creating strong passwords:

Use a unique password for each website, account or device.
Passwords should be at least eight characters with a mix of letters, numbers and symbols.
Avoid obvious choices, such as your mother’s maiden name, child’s name or pet’s name.
Don’t use the “remember password” feature on your browser or device.
Find more advice on setting strong passwords at

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