Hello everyone, and welcome to IT's new blurb series in which we will offer tips, tricks, and general advice on a multitude of topics. These will be posted bi-weekly initially, with the plan to move to a weekly format at some point in the future. If there are any topics that you would like us to cover, or if you have suggestions/critiques on the formatting or length of the blurbs, please let us know in a help desk ticket. This will help us to streamline our entries and make it a more pleasant viewing experience for everyone. With this being said, here our first entry: Creating a Strong Password.
While short, simple passwords are convenient, they are not as secure as longer, more complex ones. By using longer passwords with both upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, symbols, and punctuation, you can significantly decrease the odds of someone being able to gain access to your account(s). Using a phrase instead of a single word is also recommended to increase the complexity of a password. One of the more common templates for passwords is to use the current month followed by the year, for example: January2020. By combining many different characters into a phrase, a much more complex password can be created, for example: [email protected]! Changing your password every 3 – 6 months and using a different password for each of your logins is recommended.