• Shay | SNL-Tech

Password Dos and Don'ts

Here are some Dos and Don’ts when it comes to passwords.



DO NOT


  • Do not use passwords that have your pets name in it, the street you live on, the year you were born, or your favorite sports team. These are easy for hackers and it gives them information to get a hold of your more sensitive information since many of these are security questions for more confidential sites.

  • Do not use simple passwords or just numbers for your password. I recommend using a password that is at least16characters long. I often tell people to use a sentence or favorite line in a song and then replace letters, special characters and numbers to make it complicated. If you do not want to have to make up passwords a password manager is a great tool to have, it allows you to have it store your passwords and it can also create secure passwords for you. Here is a link about some password managers, I personally purchased LastPass to use.https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-password-managers

  • Do not use the same passwords for multiple accounts. Do not repeat the same passwords after just a few changes.

  • Do not allow your web browser tosave your password, For more sensitive websites such as banking, credit cards, etc.If you would like to figure out if a password that you use has been compromised by a data breach in the past you can go to the following url and enter the password to find out if you are safe to continue to use your password or if you should change it. https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords


DO


  • Do change your passwords every 3-6 months. (If you get an email about changing your password, go directly to the website instead of clicking on the change password button and log in to your account and change it through the company’s website.)



As always if you have questions and or concerns or You would rather have help getting some of this setup,feel free to send me an email or DM through the Instagram account and I would be happy to schedule a time to assist you either remotely or in person.