Selecting Secure Passwords

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Protecting your Personal Information with Secure Passwords

The Department of Homeland Security advises that email, banking, social media and mobile apps generate a long list of passwords users. While keeping track of numerous account logins can be tedious, there could be serious implications if a cybercriminal gains access to your email, financial information, social security number, or even your medical records. Passwords are the most common means of authentication online, and that is why it is critical to use strong passwords and keep them confidential.

STRONG PASSWORDS

Should include letters, numbers, symbols, upper and lower case and be at least 12 characters long (the longer the password the better the protection)

DO NOT USE  PASSWORDS that are:

  • Your name or Anybody's name.
  • Dictionary words in any language.
  • Words spelled backwards, common misspellings, and abbreviations.
  • Sequences or repeated characters. Examples: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or adjacent letters on your keyboard (qwerty).
  • Personal information that could be guessed or easily discovered, such as name, birthday, driver's license number, passport number, or similar information

When creating you password remember STOP THINK CONNECT!

The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility. Our Shared Responsibility is the theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2016. - Visit: http://www.staysafeonline.org

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