Using Strong Passwords

Using strong passwords should not only prevent a human person from guessing your password, but also a computer or computers from randomizing [guessing] your password. This is especially true if you have access to any sensitive data. Sensitive data can be anything from customer names and phones numbers, social security and credit card number to patient illness and treatment information.

Although a personal preference, here are a few guidelines when creating strong secure passwords:

 

  • DO make it over 8 characters in length.
  • DO include uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols.
  • DO change it often based on importance. (ie Banks every 90 days, etc).

 

  • Do NOT use words that can be found in any Dictionary.
  • Do NOT use foreign language words (they are still words in a dictionary).
  • Do NOT use sequential or repetitive characters (ie. 123456, qwerty, 00000).
  • Do NOT use names of people or places.

 

If you need assistance in building secure passwords, using password managers or would like us to help you secure your data, call us at (940) 320-9114 or click here to make an appointment.