Sep 19 2016

Password Management is More Important Than You Think

Password Management is More Important Than You Think

Personal Data Protection

Series 3 of 6


Strong passwords keep apps and online services secure.

Layer 8 Security wants our community to be safe with their personal information by playing it smart. Please pass this information along to co-workers, family and neighbors. These recommendations will benefit not only yourself but also your workplace.

Passwords are a key component of keeping yourself protected from bad guys trying to steal your personally identifiable information (PII). One little girl has figured out a formula for strong personal passwords. Check out this sixth-grader whose business is to create passwords

Password Management is another key to online safety and data security. With the profusion of apps, websites and networks, all asking for a password, it is easy to fall into the habit of password reuse or transformation (changing password to password1 or passwordA). But if a hacker secures one password, he now has the keys to your kingdom. Here are some steps to password management:

  • Don’t reuse passwords
  • Change your passwords
  • Never share your password
  • Use a long key so it cannot be cracked
    • Passwords should include:
      • Upper and lowercase Alphanumeric characters
      • Special characters
      • At least 12 characters long
      • No words from the dictionary
      • Example: 1L0ov3d0gg1es!!@*

Use of a good password management software will help eliminate “password fatigue.” PC magazine recommends “Last Pass,” but get what fits your needs best.

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