Password Security Advisories

Password Security Advisories

A password is a secret word or string of characters that is used for user authentication to prove identity, or for access approval to gain access to a resource. The password should be kept secret from those not allowed access. User names and passwords are commonly used by people during a log in process that controls access to protected computer operating systems, mobile phones, automated teller machines (ATMs), etc.

A typical computer user has passwords for many purposes: logging in to accounts, retrieving e-mail, accessing applications, databases, networks, web sites, and even reading the morning newspaper online.

Password Security tips

Don't use personal information such as your name, age, birth date, child's name, nickname, phone number or favorite color/song, etc that can be easily accessed or guessed.

Don't use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language.

Develop a mnemonic for remembering complex passwords.

Use both lowercase and capital letters.

Use a long password made up of numbers, letters and special characters

Make sure you use different passwords for each of your accounts.

Be sure no one watches when you enter your password.

Always log off if you leave your device and anyone is around—it only takes a moment for someone to steal or change the password.

Use comprehensive security software such as your anti-virus and keep it up to date to avoid key loggers (keystroke loggers) and other malware.

Avoid entering passwords on computers you don't control (like computers at an Internet cafe or library)—they may have malware that steals your passwords.

Depending on the sensitivity of the information being protected, you should change your passwords periodically.