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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How to Change Your Passwords on a Regular Basis

Updated: Feb 21, 2021

As a tech expert who daily helps people with computer and technology issues, one of the biggest issues I see people struggle with is using secure passwords and making sure they change their passwords on a regular basis. With all of the data breaches that have occurred since 2012, it's a good chance your user name and password information is on the dark web. Your online accounts store and give you access to a lot of sensitive and personal data. Keeping this data and all of your accounts safe and out of the hands of cybercriminals should be your top priority. Changing your passwords helps keep your accounts safe. Not sure why you should do it? Check out the following reasons.

Most of you reading this aren't aware that about 80% of all cybercrime involves stolen or weak passwords. When you read about personal and business emails, financial, and social media accounts being hacked, it's usually because a cybercriminal got access to your account information from phishing attacks or finding credentials on the web.

Here are the benefits of changing your passwords on a regular basis:

1. Prevents Credential Stuffing. Keeping those old passwords also puts you at risk for 'Credential Stuffing' which is the act of cybercriminals collecting your user names and passwords off the internet. They will then attempt to access all of your online accounts using your credentials. If one user name and password combination doesn't work, they will continue to 'stuff' your credentials un