Technical Tip - Passwords
With multi factor authentication and even biometrics being used to strengthen or plug the security weak spot that a simple or default password now represents, here are some basic suggestions to help you to make your passwords good and secure.
- Try not to use dates, phone numbers, or things that could be easily linked to you.
- Try not to use common words / phrases as these can be discovered using password cracking software.
- Make sure that the password is memorable to you and do not write it down.
- Combine letters, numbers, and other characters where possible. UpperCASE and LowerCASE.
- Use between 8 and 16 characters as this will make it mores secure but will still allow it to be memorable.
- Change your password at least every 6 months.
You can always think of a Mnemonic, such as
"I had three wishes for Christmas last year at Mothers House" could become :
... Or something like that ... good luck!