PasswordsPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/its/security/cyberaware/passwords.html
Passwords are the keys that protect our most sensitive and valuable files, accounts, and devices. A strong password can limit your risk of compromise.
- Reusing passwords makes it easier for attackers to get in, especially on the internet
- LinkedIn, Dropbox, MySpace, Facebook and many more have all been compromised via re-used passwords.
- Attackers don't need to crack the actual passwords in some cases
- Use unique passwords for unique places
- Longer is better
- Research has shown 8 character passwords can be broken in as little as 6 hours
- Use 12 character passphrases (random words strung together) or longer
- Acronyms work well
- Use random special characters … commons substitutions are easily guessed (a - @, e - $, 1 - !)
- Use passwords that cannot be easily guessed such as pet names, birthdays, current year, etc.
- Keep passwords safe physically
- Do not write down passwords on sticky notes
- Stay away from using your Internet browser’s built in password manager
- Preventing unauhorized access
- Have a password protected screen-saver
- Lock your computer/device when you walk away from it
Why do you need a strong password
A weak password provides attackers with very easy access to your computer system/accounts. Strong passwords are considerably harder to crack or break.
How to form a strong password
- Take a sentence that has a mix of spencial characters, number, upper case and lower case in it
- Pick the first letter of each word
- Turn it into password
My house address is # 18 Stadium Road, Mankato, MN. = Mhai#18SR,M,MN.