Don’t let your computer and office security be jeapardized by a poorly chosen password. Choose a good strong password and keep security your #1 priority. Here’s some good tips: 1. Don’t think it can’t happen to you: attacks can and do happen a number of ways. One way is Social Engineering which is very effective. Don’t give out your password to anyone. Don’t share passwords or give to someone you “think” has the right to have it.
2. Know what not to do:
a. Don’t use only letters or only numbers
b. Don’t use the names of significant others, children, or pets
c. Don’t use birthdates, phone numbers, or Social Security numbers
d. Don’t use the same word as your login or any variation
3. Get in the habit of creating good passwords, and don’t create one with the “plan” to come back and make it better later. Do it right away.
A good password is one that is easy to remember, but very hard to guess. It is recommended to incorporate at least eight characters and use a combination of numbers, characters, and upper- and lower- case letters, for the BEST passwords.
4. Important: Keep your password safe
It can be difficult to remember a password at first, but don’t write it on sticky notes and stick them to your monitor. It’s better to use it a number of times to try to get it memorized. It is recommended never to write down a password or keep a passwords document or folder (online or offline)
5. Change your password a minimum of several times per year
Most network passwords are set to expire every 90 days, and it should be policy to change common password(s) about every 6 months. Other passwords, like your email don’t get changed, but it’s still a good idea to regularly change them.