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Making Your Password Secure

Hacking, phishing, and all forms of security intrusion are on the rise. Officials have found that many of the most successful attacks could have been prevented if users had followed password best practices such as the ones listed below.

Always do the following:

• Select a password that is a minimum of eight characters, including two numbers. Use the maximum amount of characters allowed.

• Use a combination of mixed-case characters, using uppercase characters throughout the password to create a seemingly random selection.

• Change an application password regularly, the more critical it is the more often the password should be changed.

• Use a password you can type quickly without looking at the keyboard. This makes it harder for an onlooker to see it.

• Use different passwords. If you use the same password for everything and your password is compromised, all information protected by that password is compromised as well.

• Use a password that is easy to remember but hard to guess.

Never do any of the following:

• Use your first, middle, or last name (or anyone else’s name) in any form.

• Use your login name in any form.

• Use information easily obtained or guessed by someone who knows you (license plate numbers, or the street on which you live).

• Use dates in any combination.

• Use keyboard sequences (ZXCV)

• Avoid sequences or repeated characters (12345678, abcdefgh, or 22222222).