Today is World Password Day, and a reminder that you should change your password. Passwords are used for almost everything we do these days because, without a password, anyone can get into all your stuff: your phone, email, bank account, social media, etc.
Here are some tips on how to create a secure password:
- Pick a password that will be hard for someone else to guess.
- Use different passwords for different accounts.
- Best passwords are longer than 8 characters and contain numbers and symbols.
- Keep your passwords simple, so you can remember it.
- Share your password with no one.
- Use 2-step verification/authentication (where you use your password as well as a code that's sent to your phone or email).
- Uncheck the “remember me” or “keep me logged in” feature.
- Always remember to log off.
- Change your password often (today, for instance, on World Password Day!).
- Be strategic with secret questions and answers.
For more explanation on these tips, check out our handout on Password: Simple Ways to Increase Your Security.