National Password Day: Password Tips
When is the last time you changed your passwords? Are your passwords strong enough? The first Thursday in May is National Password Day, a day dedicated to promoting better password habits, so we are sharing some password tips to help keep your passwords secure!
Create Strong Passwords
When creating a new password, ensure it contains at least 12 characters with a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers. Avoid common words and phrases as well as personal information like your birthday or name. Take a look at The Worst Passwords of 2017 and make sure your password isn’t on the list.
Use Multi-Factor Authentication
When available, use multi-factor authentication (also known as two-factor authentication) as an added layer of security. Multi-factor authentication requires your password and one extra step for logging in. This extra step could be scanning your fingerprint on your phone or using a single-use code that’s sent to your cell phone. Check the security settings of websites and apps to see if multi-factor authentication is available.
Use a Different Password for Each Account
It’s important to use different passwords for different accounts. Don’t use the same password for your bank account, social media, email, etc. If you use the same password and a hacker compromises one account, he/she may be able to access other accounts.
Consider Using a Password Manager
If you have trouble remembering your different passwords, you may be tempted to write them down. As you’ve probably already guessed, writing down your passwords is not a safe practice. As an alternative, consider a password manager that encrypts and stores all of your password information. It’s important to choose a reputable password manager and to use a strong password and multi-form authentication for the manager.
Change Your Passwords Regularly
Keeping the same password that you’ve had since 6th grade is not advised. If you’re not already prompted, you should change your passwords about once every 3 to 6 months. If you share your password with a friend or if you think your password has been compromised, you should change it immediately.
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