Guidelines for creating a good password
Passwords are very important and having a strong password will better protect your dataand your network. Creating passwords may seem annoying, but they are necessary. Creating a strong password can be easy. The following guidelines have been created to assist you in creating a good password.
- It must be at least 8 characters long.
- It must contain at least one number and one character.
- You cannot use a previously used password.
How to avoid “bad” passwords
Avoid passwords that would be easy for someone to guess.
- Phone numbers
- Names (salley)
- All uppercase or all lowercase words (money, MILLION)
- Short words (dog)
- Slang (moneygrip)
- Sequential letters or numbers (qrstuv, 123456)
- Personal information (birth dates, SS#, favorite color, pets name)
When to change your password
Passwords automatically expire every 90 days, however you should change your password if:
- You have written it down and have misplaced it.
- You have shared your password with anyone else.
- You suspect someone has been using your computer without your consent.
- You have been a victim of phishing or spam.
When creating passwords try to include at least one number and one character.
Click here to see more password examples. (pdf)