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Your Security, Password

May 31st, 2012 | Posted by Timothy Rozalski in IT Security

You are responsible for maintaining one of the most important security measures: your password. Please be sure to keep your password a secret. We recommend you memorize your password. It is not recommended you write it down or carry your password in your purse, wallet, or computer bag. Make sure no one watches you enter your password and always close your browser when leaving a computer. Make sure you regularly scan your computer for viruses that could be used to capture password keystrokes. You ultimately hold the key to your password security.

Below are some suggestions on Password Dos and Don’ts:

Password DOs

  • Change passwords regularly and whenever they may have become compromised
  • Use the first (or last) letter of each word in an easily remembered phrase. For added security, substitute symbols for letters. For example using the phrase “If money doesn’t grow on trees then why do banks have branches?” would be IMDGOTTWDBHB? or 1md9077wD6Hb?

Password DON’Ts

  • Don’t give your passwords to ANYONE for ANY reason
  • Don’t write your passwords down;
    • Anywhere near your PC
    • In your purse, wallet or computer bag
    • In user manuals
    • Electronically in word documents
    • Sent in e-mails
  • Don’t use personal information such as; your name, your friends name, pets, address, social security number, phone number, license plate number, important dates such as birthdays and anniversaries
  • Don’t use words that can be found in any language’s dictionary. Or these words spelled backwards or with numbers or symbols added to the beginning or end
  • Do not use the same password for multiple sign-ins when possible
  • Do not use easy to spot passwords such as “qwerty”, “123456″, or “aaaAAA”

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