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Password Best Practices

Last updated on April 21, 2021

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Strong password policies are often the first line of defense against cyber-attacks, yet many organizations follow outdated guidelines that expose them to significant risk. Choosing strong passwords and managing them securely often can feel inconvenient. Fortunately, there are easy and effective methods to make your passwords as secure as possible. Doing so can keep nefarious people from accessing your accounts and prevent the theft of your data.

Here are some tips to make your digital footprint more secure:

Never reveal your passwords to others. 
Your credentials (username/password) are often the first line of defense to protect information that is as valuable as the money stored in your bank account. Nobody needs to know what your password is and no one legitimate will ask for your credentials. If someone is asking for your password, it is a scam.

Do not reuse password. 
By using a unique password for each account, you can protect yourself and your data if one account is compromised.

Use multi-factor authentication (MFA). 
Multi-Factor Authentication adds an additional layer of security that will exponentially decrease the odds of a bad actor gaining access to your account. Typically, MFA comes in the form of a physical token or a mobile phone app that you use to confirm your identity.

Password Length. The longer a password is, the stronger it is.

Use a Passphrase – (Detailed guide can be read here).

  • To make passwords easier to remember and more secure, use a phrase that is easy to remember. For example:
    • ILikeFishing vs. IWishIWasFishingRightNow22!
  • Replace letters with numbers & special characters:
    • Instead of “FishingIsFun” try “F1shing1s@lwaysFun!

Password Complexity – (Detailed guide can be read here). 
Increase your password complexity through the use of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters. Ideally your password will incorporate all of these.

Use a password manager. 
Password management tools are a great way to not only organize your credentials but also protect them. These store your passwords securely, and typically offer a way to work on multiple devices so your passwords synchronize across multiple systems. There are lots of options out there and for the most part, any option is going to better than no option.

Below are a few examples that when used correctly, can be a valuable asset:

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