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Do you use strong passwords? Below are excerpts from IR-2019-196. I recommend you read the entire message here.

In recent years, cybersecurity experts' recommendations on what constitutes a strong password has changed. They now suggest that people use word phrases that are easy to remember rather than random letters,characters and numbers that cannot be easily recalled.

Given the sensitivity of many of your online accounts, people should consider these password tips to protect devices or online accounts:

  • Use a minimum of eight characters; longer is better.
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols in password phrases, i.e., UsePasswordPhrase@30.
  • Avoid personal information or common passwords; use phrases instead.
  • Change default or temporary passwords that come with accounts or devices.
  • Do not reuse or update passwords. For example, changing Bgood!17 to Bgood!18 is not good enough; use unique usernames and passwords for accounts and devices.
  • Do not use email addresses as usernames if that is an option.
  • Store any password list in a secure location, such as a safe or locked file cabinet.
  • Do not disclose passwords to anyone for any reason.
  • When available, a password manager program can help track passwords for numerous accounts.
Also be on the lookout for phishing scams. “Don’t take the bait!” Identity thieves are using more and more sophisticated and targeted tactics. Read more here.