Former CIA Expert Says These Are the Extreme Measures You Need to Take to Protect Yourself From Password Hackers

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While complex passwords are more annoying to remember (because we have SO many to keep track of these days), you could decrease your chances of getting hacked if you spend a *little bit* more time crafting the perfect password.

And former CIA officer Jason Hanson stopped by our show to teach us how to do just that!

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According the founder and CEO of Spy Escape & Evasion, a secure password should meet the following criteria:

1. Pick the first two things you see (It can be anything!)

2. Mix up letters and replace them with numbers and punctuation

3. Make it a minimum of 12-14 characters

4. Mix numbers, symbols and upper and lowercase letters

For example, Jason transformed RACHAELRAYFOOD into a more secure password, like so: RahCAE7rAYF#!D

"That's a password nobody’s going to hack," the safety pro says.

It looks complicated and time-consuming, we know, but just think of the long-term benefits of having a secure password!

Plus, Jason says there *are* safe ways to keep track of all your passwords.

"There are services online where you can store them -- password vaults," he explains. "Also, I know people who go old-school and just write them on paper and keep them in a safe in their house."

One place where you shouldn’t store them. though? The Notes app on your phone, like Rach’s husband John admits he does.

Major no-no, John, major no-no!

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