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Cyber Security Month
What's the (pass)word?

Passwords are the key to your online identity both at home and at work. Keep your information safe by learning how to select and protect your passwords.

Choosing a password
According to the SANS Institute, a trusted source for information security training, here are few tips:

  • Have at least 12 characters. For highly confidential sites, it is recommended to have 15 characters.
  • Have at least one number.
  • Have at least one capital letter.
  • Have at least one symbol.


Protecting your passwords
A strong password won’t help if your passwords fall into the wrong hands. Here are simple ways to protect them:

  • Never share your password with anyone else.
  • Be sure to use different passwords for different accounts, so if one of your accounts is hacked, other accounts are still safe.
  • If you need to write down your passwords, store them in a locked location that only you have access to.
  • If you answer personal questions that are used when you forget your password and need to reset it, make sure you answer questions that are not publicly known.
  • If you believe your password has been compromised, change your password immediately.