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Why do I need a strong password?

Passwords are the most common means of authentication for logging onto our computer systems. That is why choosing a strong password is a vital step towards online security and can significantly reduce the chance of someone hacking into your system. Don't make it easy for the bad guys. Follow a few basic rules and never use the same password for every one of your accounts.

Password Safety

Your passwords are the keys you use to access your personal computer information and any other online accounts you may have. Every time you log on, you must provide your password to prove your identity. If someone else guesses or steals your password, they can access all of the information tied to that password. This information could range from data stored on your local computer to your e-mail account, bank account, medical records and more depending on how many accounts you use that password.

Creating a Good Password

  • Make them at least eight characters long and change it at least every 90 days
  • Include mixes of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and where permitted, symbols like !@#&*$?
  • Do not store passwords on your computer and do not check remember my password when logging on to internet sites or your own computer
  • Do not use the same password on multiple accounts
  • Avoid using information like your mother's maiden name, your birth date, the last four digits of your SSN or your phone number, or a series of consecutive numbers or keyboard strokes
  • Do not use real words or recycle passwords such as “password1” “password2” etc. Theses passwords are easily cracked by cyber criminals
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