With technology advancing and bad guys getting more and more clever, it's becoming more important every day to make sure all of your accounts are protected by a strong password. This article will give some tips for creating strong, secure passwords as well as giving some tips and general rules for password management.
-Password length should be at least 8 characters and contain at least one upper case letter and one number or special character. In our system, if these requirements aren't met, you would get an error message reiterating this. The longer and more complex a password is, the more secure it is.
-Passwords should be reset every 90 days or sooner. The longer you keep the same password, the more chances you give the bad guys to get it right. For help resetting your password, here. Be sure to always choose a different password each time you reset it.
-Never use the same password for different accounts. If one happens to be compromised, that will put the others at risk as well.
-If you suspect your account has be compromised in any way, change your password immediately. If you are locked out from your account due to it being compromised, contact us and we'll reset it and send a temporary password to your email. You can then log in using that temporary password and change it to a different, secure password.
-Never write your password or answers to your security questions down or share them with others. Instead, you could try using a secure password manager, such as LastPass. Software like this oftentimes will generate extremely secure passwords for you and then remember them for you. These passwords are all protected by a master password you set up, so be sure to use strong password conventions should you choose to use them.
-Don't use passwords containing your name, username, birthdate, etc. If any of that information gets compromised, it could put your account at risk.
-Use 'pass phrases.' For example, you could use a sentence like "I love bacon!' as a baseline. From there, squeeze it together and capitalize the first letter of each word to look like "ILoveBacon!" Take it even further by changing letters to numbers "1L0veB4con!" You would now have a strong password that meets the length, upper and lower case, and number/special character requirements, plus it's easy to remember. You could use even longer pass phrases if you chose to, and then used just the first letters from each word, capitalize a few of those letters and change others to numbers.