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.