Passwords are the key to networks, customer information, online banking and social media.
The following are considered password best practices:
- Use strong passwords.
- Make the password at least 8 characters long. The longer, the better, as longer passwords are harder for thieves to crack.
- Consider using passphrases. When possible, use a phrase such as “I went to Lincoln Middle School in 2004” and use the initial of each word like this: “Iw2LMSi#2004”.
- Include numbers, capital letters and symbols.
- Don’t use dictionary words. If it’s in the dictionary, there is a chance someone will guess it. There’s even software that criminals use that can guess words used in dictionaries.
2. Change your password every 60-90 days.
3. Don’t post your password in plain sight. This might seem obvious, but studies have found that a lot of people post their password on or around their monitor on a sticky note.
4. Consider using a Password Manager tool such as 1Password. Programs or web services let you create a unique, strong password for each of your accounts, but you only have to remember the one password to access the program or secure site that creates and stores your passwords for you.
5. Consider using a multi-factor authentication tool such as Microsoft’s Authenticator app that requires a code that is displayed on your phone to sign into your accounts. This way, hackers cannot access an account without having physical access to your phone.
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