Tips for Strong Passwords
- Have a different password for each site that requires it. If you only have one common password, then someone could access all of your accounts if they get it.
- Change passwords often (every few months).
Do not leave them out for others to see, and do not share them.
- Avoid common information/words in passwords. In order to be strong, passwords should be unique and not linked to personal information that a hacker could easily identify.
- Strong passwords have a mix of numbers, upper and lowercase letters, and special characters. They should be at least 8 characters long and as random as possible.
- Other password tips: spell a word backwards; substitute numbers or characters for letters (3 for e, ! for l, etc.); randomly capitalize letters; include special characters.
- There are online password generators that will create passwords, as well as test the strength of passwords you’ve created.
- For staff: no passwords on Post-It notes
- For staff: no password lists on desks