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A Few Words About Passwords
- Use strong passwords. Suggestions include:
- Use eight or more characters; 14 or more is advisable.
- Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, but not sequential or repeating combinations (i.e., 12345678, 222222, abcdefg.)
- Do not use common words with letters replaced by numbers or symbols (i.e., P@ssw0rd.)
- Make it easy to remember, but difficult for others to guess (not your login or spouse's name, your birthday, words found in the dictionary).
- Privacy: Maintaining password integrity is essential.
- Do not share them with friends or family members (i.e., brothers or sisters) who could, without realizing all of the risks, pass them on to others.
- Do not store written passwords near your computer(s).
- Never provide your password in e-mail, even if requested by a friend, colleague or trusted company.
- Change passwords regularly; ideally, every few months.
- Do not use the same passwords for multiple accounts.
- Do not use the “Save Password” option.
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