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Security Tips: Passwords

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Tips for Creating Strong Passwords:

Your Password is the key to ALL your personal information. Take great precaution when creating and using them. The following are best practices and tips for creating and using your personal passwords.

Longer Passwords are Best

Choose a password that is at least 8 characters long. Remember a longer password of 12 characters or more is harder to break.
Your password should contain at least one character from each of the following groups:

• Lower case alphabets
• Upper case alphabets
• Numbers
• Special Characters

Use a Pass Phrase

Try choosing a memorable quote, song, or phrase and use the first letter from each word. Remember to also include numbers, symbols, and substitutions for letters. For example: The Song Phrase "DoYouSeeWhatISee?" becomes d0YCwiCee?
Recommended Best Practices

• Change your passwords for all your accounts once every 6 months
• Never keep the same password for multiple sites
• Never send your password in an email
• Change your password immediately if there is any concern of the account being compromised

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