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Passwords - How to Stay Secure without Losing Your Sanity

Tuesday, May 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Deja Miller
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Extract from Calvin W. Weeks' article "Passwords - How to Stay Secure without Losing Your Sanity"

"Another password to remember. Don’t forget to change it every 10 days—OK, every 30 days. No? Maybe 60, 90 or 120 days. How about never? Why do I need a username and password for everything I use? On top of that, I have to change it often and it must be complex. And no passwords can be the same, and you can’t use the same password twice.

It’s no wonder users write down passwords. But that's not safe.

I’ve been a cyber security professional for 30 years. Like you, I have multiple accounts for work and my personal life. And, like you, I find it challenging to manage my passwords. Password requirements have become increasingly complex, and still they don’t seem any less vulnerable to hackers. Not only has password criteria changed, but the technology behind passwords has evolved as well.

So, how do professionals like me manage accounts and passwords, and meet the security requirements to protect our electronic identities? To answer that question, first understand that there’s no username and password that will ever be 100-percent secure. There are many ways that passwords get stolen, and we can’t do anything to stop it. Sure, meeting the most complex formulas for creating a secure password helps, but that’s still not enough. By the time a hacker steals your password and sells it or uses it, several weeks, months, or years have passed. This is why it’s vital to change your password often and refrain from using the same password twice."

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