World Password Day is a holiday created by Intel on the first Thursday of May to ensure everyone knows password best practices.
There are best practices to keep in mind when creating passwords. Here are a few of our personal favorites:
- Keep Your Passwords Private – NEVER share a password with anyone else. Make sure passwords are not written down, especially not on a sticky note on your monitor.
- Make a Strong, Complex Password – Use passwords of at least eight (8) characters or more (longer is better). Use a combination of uppercase letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters (for example: !, @, &, %, +) in all passwords. Avoid using people’s or pet’s names, or words found in the dictionary; it’s also best to avoid using key dates (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.).
- Use a Password Management System – There are free options and more expensive options. You can create truly random, very long, and unique passwords for each site, and because the software will remember them for you, you never have to worry about what your password is. Your password manager will store and encrypt the passwords for you, and log you in automatically.
Frankenstein Computers can help you manage or change your passwords when needed. Just visit us at www.fcnaustin.com for assistance.
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