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
- Choose a strong complex password or passphrase.
- Don't share it with others, ever!
- Change it occasionally - immediately if you suspect a compromise.
- 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).