ACG-CYBER SECURITY BULLETIN NR 12: SECURING PASSWORDS
A password is an unspaced sequence of characters used to determine that a computer user requesting access to a computer system is the real particular user. Passwords ensure the security and confidentiality of the data stored in your computer in daily office works such as storing sensitive information and securing portable mobile devices. Weak password can allow viruses to gain access to your computer desktop, emails, computer mobile devices and other confidential information and data stored.
All public and private individuals are advised to follow these best practices for securing and protecting passwords and information stored in the computer system whether for personal or for work.
How to Create Secure Passwords
- Passwords should have at least eight characters and include upper case
(capital letters) and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols such as IL077ieR3dw!ne,
B3g00db3wi5e$ and 7un3Schoo1Ho!id@ys.
- Avoid words and proper names, regardless of language. Hackers use programs that try every word in a dictionary.
- Do not use personal information such as name, children’s name, birthdates, etc. that someone might already know or easily obtain.
- Change passwords regularly atleast every 60 days. If you believe your system, or an online account you access, has been compromised change your passwords immediately.
- Use different passwords for each account you have.
- Make sure your work passwords are different from your personal passwords.
- You can use password generator for creating strong password.
Protecting Your Passwords
- Do not write down your passwords. If you need to remember your passwords, write down a hint to a password, but never the password itself. Store the hint in a safe place away from your computer.
- Do not share your password with anyone, attackers may try to trick you via phone calls or email messages into sharing your password.
- Do not reveal your password on surveys, questionnaires or security forms.
- Decline the “Remember Password” feature in browsers.
- Always remember to logout when using a public computer.
For additional information, please refer to the following security websites: