We use passwords for everything; from email to banking to online shopping, passwords protect our money and our lives. Some log-in registrations require a random sequence of numbers, letters, punctuation and spacing, which helps increase security, but some registrations let you create whatever password you want. Follow these steps to ensure your passwords are strong.
- DON’T create passwords containing your name, your spouse’s name, or your children’s name.
- DON’T use your telephone number, last four numbers of your social security number, or any personal information that can be easily researched or discovered.
- DON’T create easy to type keyboard sequences (i.e., asdfg, qwerty, 123456).
- DON’T use your email address in any sequence.
- DO mix numbers and punctuation.
- DO mix CaPiTaL with LoWeRcAsE letters.
- DO change your password at least every 90 days.
- DO use at least eight characters if allowed.
- DO use a phrase or phrases that include the above mentioned DO’s (i.e., GoodSecurIty1sKey!).