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Password Security Tips

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By Team MHS

July 29, 2020

Password Security TipsWith more and more of our personal data being stored on our computers, giving thoughtful consideration to a password strategy can go a long way in preventing data from being compromised. The following tips are presented as a guide to assist you in password selection.

Password Do’s

  • At least eight characters long
  • A combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, punctuation and other symbols
  • Quick to type, in case anyone is peering over your shoulder

Password Dont’s

  • Your first name, last name, or login name, in any form
  • Consecutive or repetitive numbers or letters
  • Adjacent keyboard letters such as qwerty or asdfghjk
  • Common and obvious letter-number replacements (e.g. replace the letter O with number 0)
  • Easily guessed personal information such as names and dates of yourself, family members, pets and close acquaintances
  • Easily obtained information, such as:
    • address
    • license plate numbers
    • telephone numbers
    • credit card or ATM numbers
    • Social Security or Social Insurance numbers
    • email addresses
  • Dictionary words, in any language, forward and backward
  • Popular book titles, movie titles, or phrases
  • Short passwords

Password Security Tips

  • Never share your password with anyone. Protect all passwords as you would protect your bank PIN.
  • Never store passwords unencrypted on your computer. Password management software is great for managing many passwords, but take great care to protect access to your password database with a strong password, access card or USB key! (Or better, a combination of these).
  • Never type your password when anyone is standing nearby.
  • Beware of phishing scams.
  • Change your password frequently.
  • Never use the same password in many places, especially online!
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