Creating a Strong Password

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Creating a Strong Password

One of the easiest and best ways to secure your online presence is to create a strong password.  Cyber criminals are using  more and more advanced tools as part of their arsenal to hack your online identity.  One of these tools is figuring out what your password is.  We will highlight both those things you should do when creating a strong password and highlight those things you should NOT do when creating a password.

 

Things to NOT do:

  • Use words that are in the Dictionary (password).
  • Spell words backwards (drowssap), with common misspellings (pasword), and abbreviations (psswrd).
  • Repeating characters or simple sequences. (dddddd, 1111111, 12345678, abcdefg) or adjacent letters on your keyboard (asdfgh).
  • Use personal information (name, birthdate, social, license #).

 

Things to Do:

  • Make your passwords longer (eight or more characters).
  • Make passwords complex.  Don’t just use letters and numbers, add puncutation and symbols (^, #, ?, +, ~).
  • Change passwords often.  Try to remind yourself to change your passwords about 3 to 4 times a year.
  • Don’t use the same password for everything.  Once your password has been obtained, cyber criminals can use your password everywhere that you have used that password.

 

 Creating a Strong Password and Remembering it!

Start with a phrase or sentence you will remember.

Remove all the spaces between the words.

Replace letters with other numbers, punctuation, and symbols.

My Good Password

MyGoodPassword

My&00dP@$$w0r6

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