Digital Safety Tip: Passwords

last updated 10/8/2020

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Choose Strong Passwords

Include the following:
  • At least 8 characters
  • A number
  • A special character (%, #, @, ?)
  • Upper and lower case letters

Keep Your Password Safe

  • Don't leave your password written down where others can find it.

  • If you need to keep a list, keep it in a secure location (password protected file, built-in secure locations on your device, or via third-party software).

  • Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts, this can leave you open to security issues if your password is discovered.

Log Off OR Lock Your Device

  • Always make sure to log off of shared computers.

  • If you have a dedicated laptop or computer, be sure to Lock the machine (press the Windows button & the L key at the same time) if you will be away from your computer.
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Two-factor authentication is a method of confirming a user's identity by utilizing something they know (password) and a second factor, usually a special code generated and sent to the user.

Learn more about Two-factor authentication for Apple ID
Learn more about Two-step verification for Google
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