Strong Passwords – 2021

Some Simple Rules to Follow

  • Make it impersonal – don’t include your pet’s name, significant other’s name, favorite sports team, kids…
  • Make it long – at least 8 characters.
  • Make it different – use unique passwords for different sites.
  • Make it diverse – Mix uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers, and symbols for a STr0gpA$$W@rd3.

Password Management

  • Passwords must be kept confidential.
  • Don’t store you password on a Post-It in or around your desk.
  • Don’t make it personal (Don’t use the name of your pet, favorite sports team, or family member’s name.).
  • Passwords will change every 45-60 days.
  • Passwords must contain a minimum of 8 (eight) characters, and 3 (three) of the four following: lower-case, upper-case, numbers and special characters (e.g. “%”, “$”, “#”,“@”).

Creating a Strong Password

  • You may use the lyrics from a favorite song, here’s an example from Michael Jackson’s hit “Thriller” and how it could be used as a secure password:

And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike

  • &n1g$UftBa2$
  • And&
  • non
  • one’s1
  • gonnag
  • save$
  • youU
  • fromf
  • the t
  • beastB
  • about – a
  • to2
  • strike$