Cybersecurity awareness month: Spotlight on passwords [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017

Sharing a password or having a weak password is like leaving the keys to your house right on the front step.

Having a strong password is one of the key steps you can take to prevent a cyber-attack. 

October is cyber security awareness month, take advantage by checking out our password tips.

For the month of October, we’re celebrating cyber security awareness month by highlighting topics covered in the new Digital Self-Defence online training. Passwords is one of modules of the Digital Self-Defence training which is now available for permanent, full-time, non-teaching staff. Protect yourself and our organization by taking the training today.

Spotlight on passwords, infographic

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SPOTLIGHT ON PASSWORDS

 

Anatomy of a strong password

  • Longer equals stronger
  • Mix of numbers, letters, capitalization, symbols
  • Unique for that account
  • Doesn’t include personal info or dictionary words
 

Steps for a stronger password

  • Long: thisismypassword
  • No common words: dismahpazzwerd
  • Mix and add characters: D!smyP@55werD!
 

Weak passwords

  • 123456
  • password
  • admin
 

More password tips

  • Keep security questions and recovery email address up-to-date and secure
    You know, to avoid the frustration of forgetting security questions a year after you created them
  • Use a trusted password management application
    Because you created unique usernames and passwords for each of your accounts, right?
  • Enable two-step verification where possible
    To add another layer of security to the login process
  • Don’t forget your phones and devices!
    Enable passcode or fingerprint to unlock your devices
 

How can I learn more about passwords?

Passwords is one of modules of the Digital Self-Defence training which is now available for permanent, full-time, non-teaching staff, or visit www.it.uOttawa.ca/security for security resources.
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