Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Passwords security

Just want to share some tips on how to make better passwords.

Passwords... Your First Line of Security!

Test your password strength: Password Checker.

Use Multi-Factor Authentication When Available

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a method of computer access control that requires two of the following: something you know (like a password), something you have (like a mobile device or a security dongle), or something you are (like a fingerprint or an eye scan).

Many banks and online services (Apple iCloud, Microsoft, DropBox, etc..) are providing optional multi-factor authentication. Take advantage of these new tools. It will make your access much more secure.

Four Requirements for Password Security

  1. Choose a strong complex password or passphrase.
  2. Don't share it with others, ever!
  3. Change it occasionally - immediately if you suspect a compromise.
  4. Don't re-use the same password for all your different online accounts.

Use a PASSPHRASE to Create a Strong Password

What makes a strong password?
  • Length - 12 characters (or more) will provide better security.
  • Complexity- use upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and special characters such as !@#$%^&*()?/[]\.
How to use a Passphrase?
  • Think of a short sentence or phrase you can easily remember. An example might be: "God is in control"
  • Add complexity to the phrase: "Godis1nC0ntrol!2016" (you now have a long, strong passphrase).