Create and maintain secure passwords

It can be hard to keep track of all the passwords you're required to have today. School, work, banking, plus a handful of social media accounts – every corner of our life requires credentials that not only must be secure, but must be easy to remember.

Make your password strong. To increase strength, make sure your password includes:

  • Eight or more characters
  • Upper and lower case letters
  • Numbers
  • Symbols

 Don't leave yourself vulnerable. Make sure your password DOES NOT include:

  • Your username or account number
  • A single word
  • Your pet's name
  • Your birthday, phone number or your address

When it comes to passwords, length is more important than complexity. Use a passphrase to secure your accounts. For example, the phrase, "I love Detroit," becomes a powerful password when paired with numbers and capitol letters: ILoveDetroit313.

Use a password manager to create and maintain unique credentials for all of your profiles. A password manager is a type of software that encrypts, stores and manages passwords. Students, employees and anyone else who requires access to multiple accounts on a regular basis may benefit from a password manager. Check out LastPass, KeePass or 1password. And of course, never use the same password for multiple accounts and change your passwords regularly.

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