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Strong Password Recommendations

Updated: Feb 27

Create strong passwords so that it's more difficult for cyber criminals to access your personal information.

The US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency states, "Using an easy-to-guess password is like locking the door but leaving the key in the lock. Weak passwords can quickly be broken by computer hackers."

A unique & strong password is:

  • At least 12 characters that are a mix of numbers, symbols, & capital and lowercase letters.

  • Longer is stronger!

  • Make them random & unique.

  • Don't use common identifying information, like birthdays and pet names.

  • Never reuse passwords.

  • Use a different password for each of your accounts.

  • Never share passwords on the phone, in texts, or by email.

  • Your passwords must be kept secret.

  • Require Two-Factor Authentication processes.

  • Limit the number of unsuccessful log-in attempts to limit password-guessing attacks.

  • Change all passwords at least every 90 days, or more often if conditions warrant.

  • It’s impossible to remember a unique strong password for every account - we recommend a locked password book or an online secure password manager.

How to Protect Data:

  • Update systems daily.

  • Secure files offline such as a cloud or external hard drive.

  • Require login credentials to access any device.

  • Recognize & report phishing such as trying to get you to open a harmful attachment or share personal information.

Remember, cyber criminals target everyone.

Read More on:

Federal Trade Commission

Protects American Consumers.

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

An official website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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