October is National Cyber Security Month. One way to secure your information is to pick strong passwords. You can make your password more difficult by adding symbols, numbers, passphrases and both capital and lowercase letters. For protection you should change your passwords about every three months. Having different passwords for accounts ensures hackers won’t have access to all of your information if one password is found out.
All Xavier users are able to set up their Password Manager which allows them to change passwords, set a new password if the original password is lost or forgotten, and unlock Xavier accounts.
You thought your password was secret!
- Choose strong passwords
- Don't use passwords that are based on personal information 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 combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.
- Use passphrases when you can.
- Use different passwords on different systems.
- Protect your passwords
- Don't leave it someplace for people to find. Writing it down and leaving it in your desk, next to your computer, or, worse, taped to your computer, is just making it easy for someone who has physical access to your office.
- Don't tell anyone your passwords.
- If your internet service provider (ISP) offers choices of authentication systems, look for ones that use Kerberos, challenge/response, or public key encryption rather than simple passwords.
- Always remember to log out when you are using a public computer.
There's no guarantee that these techniques will prevent an attacker from learning your password, but they will make it more difficult. Learn more about making strong passwords that are easy to remember.
Content produced in part by US-CERT http://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/