Do Not Share Your Password
Passwords are a major defense and developing good password practices will help keep your sensitive personal information and identity more secure. Check out these suggestions for developing better passwords.
Passwords are a major defense and developing good password practices will help keep your sensitive personal information and identity more secure. Below are some suggestions for developing better passwords:
Passwords should have at least eight characters and include upper case (capital letters) and lowercase letters, numerals and symbols.
Avoid common words: some hackers use programs that try every word in the dictionary.
Don't use personal information-name, children's name, birthdates, etc. that someone might already know or easily obtain.
Change passwords regularly -- at least every 90 days. If you believe you system has been compromised change passwords immediately.
Use different passwords for each online account you access (or at least a variety of passwords).
If you must write down passwords, under no circumstances should you store them in a document on your computer. Keep them in a secure location away from your computer.
For more information, please visit: US-CERT Newsletter on Choosing and Protecting Passwords MS-ISAC Newsletter on Creating a Secure Password