Tips: Password Security

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Tips: Password Security

Strong authentication practices protect your online and mobile accounts against compromise:

Password Security

  • Use unique passwords for each website, reputable password vaults with strong encryption make it easier to manage multiple sets of credentials.
  • Don’t share passwords with anyone.
  • Change your passwords periodically.
  • Don't use obvious or well-known information for your passwords (birthdates, anniversaries, etc.)
  • Longer is stronger. Establish “pass phrases” instead of traditional “passwords”; multiple words combined can create an easy to remember, more secure password (examples below).
  • Use out of band multi-factor authentication to further protect logins for high risk services such as online banking and email. Consider using a soft or hard token authenticator instead of text messages for the second factor.
  • Avoid logging in to websites from links sent in email. Leverage search engines to locate the legitimate website instead.

Password Tips

  • Use at least ten characters (12 or more is better!)
  • Create passwords that are easy to remember, but hard to guess.
    • Phrases are great: SunsetsarethebestonJanuary1st!
    • Create a password from the first letter of each word in a memorable sentence.


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