May the 4th be with you, Cinco de Mayo…World Password Day?
EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y., and WASHINGTON D.C., May 5, 2022 – After raising a lightsaber and a margarita, the Center for Internet Security wants to help raise awareness of good, strong passwords. The first Thursday in May has been designated World Password Day, a time to take a few minutes to double and triple-check the passwords we use daily.
Here are some quick and easy tips from CIS:
- Use passphrases, rather than a password. A passphrase contains a number of words, making it easy to remember but harder to crack.
- Don’t use words that relate to personal information. Pets’ names, children’s names, favorite teams, or anything that could be guessed by a quick search of social media.
- Limit dictionary words. Try a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. A good example might be something like [email protected]
- Use a password manager. These are system-created, strong passwords that are less likely to be guessed. The password is stored by the password manager.
- Use multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA allows the user to present two, or more, pieces of evidence when logging in to an account, and is the most secure user authentication method available.
More information can be found here: https://www.cisecurity.org/insights/blog/cis-password-policy-guide-passphrases-monitoring-and-more.
Kelly Wyland, Media Relations Manager