Passwords. In today’s post we will talk about passwords. This is your first best defense to prevent your accounts from being hacked/compromised. The longer a password the better, but add more character sets (numbers, lower case, capital letters, and special characters) and you have a password that becomes much more secure. I have included a link to the US-CERT Tip document on choosing a password. The NIST recommends a password of 12-14. NAD TSC (Technical Standards Committee) has recommended that passwords be 15 or more characters. The type of password to use is a pass phrase. A pass phase is a short sentence and will include all four character sets as mentioned above. Here three examples of pass phrases:
1 – I scream 4 Ice Cream! 2 – Pray 4 His Return. 3 – The Braves are #1
To check how secure your password is Microsoft has a site you can put your password in and see how secure it is.