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Microsoft issues official warning to BILLIONS over key password mistakes that could cost you

MICROSOFT is warning all Windows users to follow some important password advice.

The tech giant released the warning to coincide with World Password Day.

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Microsoft revealed on its blog: “There are 921 password attacks every second—nearly doubling in frequency over the past 12 months.”

It went on to offer advice on “password hygiene” and explained how getting rid of your passwords altogether could actually be a safer move.

It explained: “Yes, you can now enjoy secure access to your Microsoft account without a password.

“By using the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, or a verification code sent to your phone or email, you can go passwordless with any of your Microsoft apps and services.”

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Downloading Microsoft Authenticator won’t protect you from all password problems though.

That’s why Microsoft also recommends setting up multi-factor authentication across all your important accounts.

That means they’ll be at least two stages to your logging in process, giving you extra protection from cyber criminals.

Microsoft also recommends making your passwords at least 12 characters long.

Good passwords contain a mixture of numbers, letters and symbols.

Using upper and lowercase letters is also a good idea.

Make sure you’re not using the same password for multiple accounts.

Once a cyber criminal has access to one, there’s a chance they’ll try and hack into others.

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It’s also advisable to change your passwords regularly.

Definitely update them if you know they’ve been compromised.

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