What is a secure password?

Read this article to make sure your password is secure.

Password security is a major issue in today's world. Many people use weak passwords or re-use passwords for multiple sites. Follow these guidelines to make sure you're protected.

Password Guidelines:

1. Should include a mix of upper and lower case letters.

2. Should include at least 1 special character (@#$%*!?).

3. Should include 2-4 numbers.

4. Overall password should be at least 10 characters.

You can use like dinopass to help create strong passwords.

Things to Avoid:

1. Using the same password for multiple sites.

2. Using personal information in your passwords like a birth year or street name.

3. Never share your password in an email, text message, etc. Even when it's encrypted this is a major vulnerability.

Site breaches happen all of the time, if you are using the same password on multiple sites you are putting all of your accounts at risk. 

So long as you are not sharing your passwords, It is not recommended that you change your password often. It is better to put thought and care into creating unique strong passwords for all of your accounts than to change your passwords often.

Helpful Tips:

1. Write down your passwords in a notebook someplace safe. Pen and paper is a great fall-back method especially for passwords to very important accounts.

2. Use a password manager with a master password. There are so many of these password managers available now Dashlane, LastPass, 1Password to name a few. Some are built right into our web browsers, but it is important that you keep your master password safe and available in an emergency.

3. Check the strength of your passwords. You can use the site How Secure Is My Password to get an understanding of the strength of your passwords and what adding just a couple of numbers or special characters does.

You can use sites like Have I Been Pwned to see data breaches where your information may have been put at risk.