Reasons Why You Shouldn't Share your Password

In addition to these risks, sharing passwords makes your personal and professional data vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. Protect yourself and your organization by practicing password best practices that don’t include sharing

Sharing passwords is bad because it can lead to the following risks:

  1. You compromise your account security. When you share your password with another person, you essentially grant them access to not only that account, but every account you own that uses the same password.
  2. Account becomes more vulnerable for phishing.
  3. Potential loss of ownership of your financial and email accounts.
  4. Loss of access control.

To protect your accounts from unauthorized access, it is important to use strong passwords that are unique for each account. A strong password should be at least 12 characters long and include a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. You should also use two-factor authentication whenever possible.

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