Password DOs and DON'Ts

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DON'T

  • Use PW's that are 8 characters or less
  • Use your login name for a PW in any form; as-is, reversed, capitalized, doubled, etc.
  • Use information easily obtained about you in your PW. This includes birthdates, license plate numbers, telephone numbers, your street name, etc.
  • Use a PW made up of all digits, or of all the same letter. This significantly decreases the search time for a hacker.
  • Use security questions with a limited number of responses that attackers can easily guess - like the color of your first car.
  • Use "remember my password features."

DO

  • Create a PW that is at least 10 characters long and is not a word in the dictionary
  • Make it consist of a combination of lowercase, uppercase, numbers and special characters.
  • Be careful while entering a PW when someone is sitting beside you
  • Use different PWs for different accounts so that if a hacker compromises one account, they canít access other accounts
  • Use multi-factor authentication, when available.
  • Select security questions only you know the answer to. Many security questions ask for answers to information available in public records or online, like your zip code, motherís maiden name, and birth place.