We live in an increasingly hackable world, where you no longer need a piece of metal with unique notches and grooves to get into some of the most personal aspects of someone’s life. All you need is a password. Do you use the same password for everything? Is your password “123456” or “password”? These are common mistakes made by hundreds of thousands of people every day. Great Plains Communications wants to remind you that password protection is crucial to the safety of everything from your files and account information, to your Wi-Fi connection.

Here are a few common mistakes to keep in mind the next time you change your passwords (because you should be changing them, a lot).

  • Do not use the same password for everything. Just don’t.
  • Do not use your partner, child, or pet’s name, not even if there is a 0 at the end. The number isn’t hiding anything.
  • Do not use “123456”, “password” or “qwerty”. If you do, congratulations you have made the list of the most frequently used and easily hacked passwords.
  • Do not use your birthday. Facebook just notified me that it is today. Happy Birthday!

Just as you wouldn’t hand out the key to your home to just anyone, be wary when giving out any passwords or where you are writing them down. Where you store your password information is just as important as putting time into a secure choice. Ultimately, by changing your passwords often and keeping in mind the common mistakes above, you can increase the safety and security of your personal information and assets.

If you have questions about changing your Wi-Fi password or for more information, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

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