Strong passwords (or phrases) can keep you safe.
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Many of us have taken cyber security trainings that encourage us to use special characters such as the @ symbol for an “a” or $ for an “S”, however cyber-criminals have developed technology that can help them crack passwords that use these tactics.
- Consider a passphrase instead.
- Passphrases are a series of unrelated words that are being used in place of our traditional passwords ( 8 characters 1 capital and special character).
- For your passphrase to be strong and secure be sure to use at least 4 unrelated words.
- ILoveYorkiePuppies can still be cracked if the cyber-criminal has done their homework.
- Too many passwords, and not enough memory?
- Consider using a reputable password manager.
- These services allow you to store your information for several sites securely
- There are several options available, as with any software there are free and paid versions available.
- Do your homework and find one youll feel confident using.
- A few highly rated free versions include:
- Visit https://www.wired.com/2016/01/you-need-a-password-manager/ for a description of each version.
Detailed information regarding device security and other IT security topics are available on our IT Security website at: www.fordham.edu/SecureIT or from our blog at fordhamsecureit.blogspot.com
If you believe your device has been infected or compromised, please contact IT Customer Care at (718) 817-3999 or HelpIT@fordham.edu