Why Strong Passwords Matter!
Important information from CIRMA and the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center:
Strong and unique passwords are considered a top security priority by cyber experts. However, the use of strong passwords remains one of the least commonly followed recommendations because of the difficulty many people have in selecting and remembering passwords.
With the right tricks, however, it is easy to faithfully use and recall and strong and unique passwords for every login and website.
Why your password is important?
Every day, malicious cyber criminals compromise websites and online accounts, and publicize lists of usernames, email addresses, and passwords online. Not only does this expose people's passwords, but it can potentially expose an email address that leaves a trail of your personal social media, work accounts, and bank accounts that can be easily hacked if the passwords are similar through brute force hacking. Malicious actors often rely on human behavior to narrow down possibilities -- most users pick a word, put the uppercase letter first, and end the password with a number or symbol.
- A strong password consists of at least 10 characters and includes a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
- A unique password is a password that is only used with one account.
- Consider using a password manager -- an application that can run on a computer, smartphone, or in the cloud, that securely tracks and stores passwords.
- When choosing a password manager, ensure it is from a known, trustworthy company with a good reputation.
- Choose a repeatable pattern for your password, such as choosing a sentence that incorporates something unique about the website or account, and then using the first letter of each word as your password.
- Keep your passwords secret -- Do not share it with other people, or post it on a sticky note in your work area, beneath your keyboard, or behind your computer where it can be found!