Creating a Strong Password: The First Step in Protecting Your Data
September 14, 2022
One of the most critical factors you should consider when protecting your online accounts is having strong passwords. Without it, you could be giving cybercriminals access to your accounts without even knowing! Your account credentials are a tempting target for bad actors on the internet, and to avoid becoming a victim of password hacking, you should regularly change your passwords.
The average user typically creates a set of passwords that are based on personal information, are easy to remember, and can be repurposed. With technology rapidly improving, cybercriminals have much more computing power that allows them to crack passwords, and less-refined passwords make that even easier.
Due to the rise of information security threats, it has become clear that the guidelines used in modern professional and personal life will need to be updated. Therefore, it is important that everyone has the necessary skills to protect themselves. Having good password hygiene can help you get a head start on protecting yourself.
The do’s and don’ts of password protection
- Find a balance between complexity and length.
- Use paraphrases, spaces, and a combination of upper and lower case letters with numbers and special characters (%@#).
- According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) — the Commerce Department section tasked with developing cyber security best practices for the federal government, eight characters is the absolute minimum.
- Do not create passwords that are easy to guess, and certainly do not reuse your passwords or variants of them.
- Keep personal and professional passwords separate.
- Change your passwords regularly.
Finally, whenever possible, an extra layer of security – such as Two-Factor Authentication. Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a terrific way to help prevent unauthorized users from accessing your account if your Chapman University password is compromised. Just remember, if you receive a 2FA request and you are not logging in, deny it. Two-Factor Authentication only works if you reject unknown requests. Chapman University’s 2FA program uses the Microsoft Authenticator app, which is available for Android and iOS devices. Visit 2fa.chapman.edu to learn more.
If you have questions about your account security or want information on how to stay safe online, please visit IS&T’s security website. If you wish to change or update your Chapman University account password, please visit password.chapman.edu.
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