TECH TIP – Moving to Secure Passphrases, Not Just Passwords

Posted on: 9/18/17

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Passwords are the starting point for computer and user account security. It is highly critical that we develop good network security habits. Firewalls and intrusion detection systems are a must for businesses and home networks, but they will not stop everything as virus writers write in excess of 50,000 new viruses a day.

Below is a list of things we should practice when working with any computer, mobile device or smartphone.

  • Login, Logout or Lock your computer when not in use or away from the computer
  • Do not share your passwords
  • Change passwords from the default when your account is created
  • Change passwords every 90 days
  • Create strong passwords. Strong passwords need to be longer than twelve characters in length with capital and lower case letters, numbers and a special symbol and dictionary words. Think passphrase instead of password
    • The current trend is to create pass phrases of fifteen to thirty characters. An example would be: “I prefer using strong passwords to prevent outside access to my personal data and accounts on my computer” would become “Ipusptp0@tmpd@@0mc”.
  • Don’t store your password in the browser; it’s the same as leaving your keys in the car for ease and convenience
  • Do not use the same password for your accounts
  • Do record your passwords in a secure manor