Using Strong Passwords and a Password Manager

5 October 2023
By Kendall George
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When it comes to online security, strong and unique passwords are your first line of defense. Avoid common, easy-to-guess passwords. Hackers don’t waste time trying to guess every possible combo of letters, numbers, and symbols. Instead, they start with popular ones or ones that have leaked in the past. This is what they call password spraying. Instead, consider using passphrases – short sentences that are easy to remember but tough to crack. Generally speaking, longer is stronger. It’s also crucial not to recycle passwords for different accounts.

Keeping track of all these long unique passwords is challenging. That’s where password managers come in handy. Password managers not only help generate strong passwords but can also suggest ones no one else has ever used, making your accounts even more secure. Some solid options are Bitwarden, LastPass, 1Password, and Dashlane.

Want to go deeper on this topic?

New Cybersecurity Training

New web-based cybersecurity training for faculty, staff, and students has been published and is available at the links below. This training is an annual requirement from our insurer and federal regulation for ALL faculty and staff.

All employees must complete this training by November 30.

Employees who complete this training by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Bon Appetit gift card. If you complete the training by October 31 you will have two chances to win.

Feel free to work as a team and in other ways encourage your colleagues to meet this important requirement. The course covers a variety of current cybersecurity issues. There are also a variety of elective topics — some are presented in a fun, gamified format. Students are welcome to check it out, too.

Save the Date for the Virtual Town Hall

Cybersecurity Town Hall: The Cyber Way

Noon, Monday, October 30, 2023.

Add to your Google calendar.

Zoom Link

A regular feature of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a casual informational and Q&A session. I’ll describe the current state of the higher education cyberthreat and the steps you can take to keep the campus and your own digital life secure. There will be ample time for Q&A.

Cybersecurity is everyone’s job. Be safe out there and, if you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me (kgeorge) or the Helpdesk.

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