Creating a strong password
There are many different techniques you can use to create long, complex passwords that make your accounts more secure. Here are some examples of how you can create strong passwords:
- A line from a movie or a lyric from a song work great
- Example: Luke,IamYourFather5#!
- First letter of each word in a sentence
- Pick out a sentence a sentence or two that you can easily remember and use the first letter in each word to create a strong password that looks random to everybody except you.
- Example: "My name is Max. I attend school at Minnesota State University, Mankato." turns into MniM.IasaMSU,M.
- Combine random words
- Using a combination of words that have no relation to you works great for passwords
- Example: UniformCloudAngleScorpion%842%
- Password Managers
- Password managers can be a great tool to help you keep your passwords safe and organized. Firefox and Chrome users can utilize Firefox Lockwise https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/lockwise/ or Google Passwords https://passwords.google.com/intro to manage and access their saved passwords. You can also use free or subscription-based third party password mangers. Each service varies, but options may include a master password, 256-bit encryption, two-factor authentication, and the ability to sync data between your devices. Recommended password managers include LastPass https://www.lastpass.com/solutions/business-password-manager and Dashlane https://www.dashlane.com/
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