Passwords are a major defense against hackers, and developing good password practices will help keep your sensitive personal information and identity more secure.

Tips for Developing Better Passwords

  • Passwords should have at least eight characters, including uppercase and lowercase letters, numerals, and symbols.
  • Avoid common words; some hackers use programs that try every word in the dictionary.
  • Never use personal information (your name, children’s names, dates of birth, etc.) that someone might already know or easily obtain.
  • Change passwords regularly – at least every 90 days. If you believe your system has been compromised, change your passwords immediately.
  • Use different passwords (or at least a variety of passwords) for each online account you access.
  • If you must write down your passwords, keep them in a secure location away from your computer. Under no circumstances should you store them in a document on your computer!

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Cyber Tip of the Day from the Multi-State Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC)