8 Tips for Good Password Security

August 17th, 2010 | Security Articles & Tips

The experts at Security Management Consulting have compiled eight good tips for password security:

  • Passwords should be at least 7 characters long.
  • They should have at least three of the following: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, digits, and other characters.
  • They should not be: names (especially family or pet names), words, the same as the account name, or any of the preceding spelled backwards. Do not use password or god − these are equivalent to sending out invitations to hackers to break into your system!
  • Do not let anyone watch while you type in a password.
  • Never give out your password. Never.
  • Never write your passwords down and leave them near your machine.
  • Passwords should be changed no more frequently than once a month and no less frequently than once every 6 months.
  • Use a password validator or automatic generator if you do not trust yourself to come up with a sound password.

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