• Protecting confidential information with secure passwords

    All leaders

    Serious implications can result when unauthorized users gain electronic access to personal or work information such as financial accounts, social security numbers, and student or employee records. Because passwords are the most common means of authentication online, please use strong passwords and keep them confidential.

    Passwords should include upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols, and should be at least 12 characters long. Do not use passwords that include:
    • Your name or any other name
    • Dictionary words in any language
    • Words spelled backwards, common misspellings, or abbreviations 
    • Sequences or repeated characters (e.g., 12345678, 222222, and abcdefg)
    • Adjacent letters on your keyboard
    • Personal information that could be guessed or easily discovered (e,g., birthday, driver’s license number, or passport number) 
    For more information on staying safe online, visit www.staysafeonline.org.
    Click here for other items in the October 20, 2016 Leadership Action Update.