Password Management Tips

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Are you just one weak password away from a devastating security breach?
As students, faculty and staff increasingly employ "bring your own device" (BYOD) and more resources are moving to cloud environments, securing data is far more challenging—and complicated—than ever before. The security measures that worked 10 years ago no longer work today. Every password is a "key" that keeps your personal information protected.

 

Tips to Make Your Passwords Strong and Safe

Use a Password Manager

Passwords shouldn't be written on sticky notes, stored in email, or saved in plain old documents. A password manager is a secure app that keeps passwords encrypted and backed up for safekeeping.

Add Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication requires a second login step before you can access an account. It combines something you know (your password) with something you have (a key or code), keeping you safer online.

Generate Secure Passwords

The best password is the one you don't know. Use a password generator to create long passwords, and use a different password for every single online account. A password manager remembers them all for you.

Don't Remember Me

Don't select the "remember me" option on websites. Always logout when you're done, and let a password manager remember all your passwords and login for you next time.

Stay Up to Date

Software updates contain important security and usability improvements. Always update browsers, apps, and your operating system promptly so that old bugs don't give hackers a way into your devices.

Browse on HTTPS

Using HTTP means that anyone can spy on the data you're sending over the web, making it easier for someone to steal your username and password. Look for HTTPS for a secure connection on the web. Lock Your Screen: Keep prying eyes away from your computer and mobile devices with automatic lock screens. Set them to time out after a few minutes of inactivity and require a PIN or passcode to get back in.

Be Stingy with Permissions

Before you download that app or sign up for that new website, understand their privacy policy and the permissions it seeks as well as how they plan to store your data.