4 Tips to Strengthen Your Password

September 30, 2016 / By: Information Technology Services
ITS Tech Tuesday

Passwords provide the first line of defense to your online accounts.

The stronger your password, the more protected you will be from hackers, identity theft, and malicious software. 

1. Unique passwords for each account

Use a different password for each of your important accounts. Re-using passwords for your email and online banking accounts is risky. If someone figures out your password for one account, that person could potentially gain access to others which can compromise your personal information and lead to financial and identity theft. 

2. The more characters the merrier

The longer the password, the harder it is to crack. Consider a minimum of 12-characters.

3. Avoid names, places, and dictionary words. 

Do not use personal information for your passwords. You'd be surprised by the amount of details that can be found through basic searches on the internet.

4. Make it a combo

Using numbers, symbols and mix of upper and lower case letters in your password makes it harder to guess. A helpful tip is to think of a new password and then replace the vowels with numbers or symbols. 

 

 For more password tips, visit our ITS Information Security website