Treat Your Password Like a Toothbrush
Choose a good password
Your password is the key to your data and should be nearly impossible for someone to figure out. Choosing a secure password is paramount for keeping your data secure.
Strategies for creating a good password
- Create a password that is easy to remember.
- Create a password that you don’t have to write down.
- Make the password at least 8 characters long.
- Create a password that you can type quickly.
- Create a password that is a random mix of letters, digits, and punctuation.
Things to avoid when choosing a password
There are specific things you should avoid when choosing a password, including the following:
- Names of any kind. These include your username, your first or last name in any form, or your spouse's or child's name.
- Any kind of easily obtained information. This includes your your address, birthdays, license plate numbers, telephone numbers, etc.
- Sensitive information. This includes your ATM PIN, Banner ID, Social Security Number, or credit card number.
- Words contained in English or foreign language dictionaries. These include obvious words such as “secret” or “password” or “abc123," etc.
Remember, it is part of your responsibility to create a strong password. For maximum security, always take extra precautions when creating a password so that sophisticated crackers cannot acquire your personal information.
For more details, visit http://keepitsafe.auburn.edu/
Content release date: Tuesday, October 04, 2016