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Treat Your Password Like a Toothbrush

Treat Your Password Like a Toothbrush

Choose a good password

Your password is the key to your data and should be nearly impossible for someone to figure out. Choosing a secure password is paramount for keeping your data secure.

Strategies for creating a good password

  • Create a password that is easy to remember.
  • Create a password that you don’t have to write down.
  • Make the password at least 8 characters long.
  • Create a password that you can type quickly.
  • Create a password that is a random mix of letters, digits, and punctuation.

Things to avoid when choosing a password

There are specific things you should avoid when choosing a password, including the following:

  • Names of any kind. These include your username, your first or last name in any form, or your spouse's or child's name.
  • Any kind of easily obtained information. This includes your your address, birthdays, license plate numbers, telephone numbers, etc.
  • Sensitive information. This includes your ATM PIN, Banner ID, Social Security Number, or credit card number.
  • Words contained in English or foreign language dictionaries. These include obvious words such as “secret” or “password” or “abc123," etc.

Remember, it is part of your responsibility to create a strong password. For maximum security, always take extra precautions when creating a password so that sophisticated crackers cannot acquire your personal information.

For more details, visit http://keepitsafe.auburn.edu/

treatyour password like your toothbrush

Content release date: Tuesday, October 04, 2016