PASSWORD PROTECTED.
A Simple Guide to Creating Strong Passwords
WHAT WE’RE GOING TO COVER
3 Elements of Strong Passwords
How to Put Them to the Test
Common Mistakes
Most Popular Password...
ELEMENTS
The 3 essential elements you’ll
need to include in every password
you create.
LENGTH
• At least 8 characters long
• Try using several words or a sentence grouped
together
• Example:
SENTENCE

PASSWORD...
COMPLEXITY
• Use a combination of letters, numerals, and
symbols
• Alternate between upper and lower case (3 of each
is re...
VARIETY
• Use different passwords across your accounts
• Change them up every couple of months
• Retire old passwords, or ...
CHECK YOURSELF
Before you wreck yourself.
You’ve created it, now it’s time to
set that baby to work. How will it
hold up?
TEST IT OUT
• Run your password through a Strength Checker
• If it’s a strong password, use it!

Microsoft offers a free p...
COMMON MISTAKES
We all make them. Here they are,
so you know what to avoid.
THINGS TO NOT DO
Hackers these days are smart, with sophisticated
tools that can easily decipher passwords. Avoid these
th...
THINGS TO NOT DO
• Using personal info – birthday, maiden name,
phone number, etc.
• Easy-to-guess sequences – 12345, abcd...
THE MPP
That’s Most Popular Passwords.
These are the most commonly
used passwords out there, and
therefore you should avoi...
THE TOP 10 LIST
1

password

6

monkey

2

123456

7

letmein

3

12345678

8

dragon

4

abc123

9

111111

5

qwerty

10...
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Password Protected: A Simple Guide to Creating Strong Passwords

  1. 1. PASSWORD PROTECTED. A Simple Guide to Creating Strong Passwords
  2. 2. WHAT WE’RE GOING TO COVER 3 Elements of Strong Passwords How to Put Them to the Test Common Mistakes Most Popular Passwords
  3. 3. ELEMENTS The 3 essential elements you’ll need to include in every password you create.
  4. 4. LENGTH • At least 8 characters long • Try using several words or a sentence grouped together • Example: SENTENCE PASSWORD This sentence is my password Thissentenceismypassword
  5. 5. COMPLEXITY • Use a combination of letters, numerals, and symbols • Alternate between upper and lower case (3 of each is recommended) • Example: BEFORE AFTER Thissentenceismypassword ThisS3nt3nceismyPassword. TIP: Use numbers that are meaningful to you. For example, ThisSentenceismyPassword2014.
  6. 6. VARIETY • Use different passwords across your accounts • Change them up every couple of months • Retire old passwords, or reinvent them with numbers and symbols
  7. 7. CHECK YOURSELF Before you wreck yourself. You’ve created it, now it’s time to set that baby to work. How will it hold up?
  8. 8. TEST IT OUT • Run your password through a Strength Checker • If it’s a strong password, use it! Microsoft offers a free password strength checker. You can access it using this link: http://bit.ly/18RC8km
  9. 9. COMMON MISTAKES We all make them. Here they are, so you know what to avoid.
  10. 10. THINGS TO NOT DO Hackers these days are smart, with sophisticated tools that can easily decipher passwords. Avoid these things to protect yourself: • Words spelled backwards, common abbreviations • Common sense letter-to-symbol or letter-to-number replacements Ex) “and” to “&” or “o” to “0”
  11. 11. THINGS TO NOT DO • Using personal info – birthday, maiden name, phone number, etc. • Easy-to-guess sequences – 12345, abcde, 0000
  12. 12. THE MPP That’s Most Popular Passwords. These are the most commonly used passwords out there, and therefore you should avoid using them.
  13. 13. THE TOP 10 LIST 1 password 6 monkey 2 123456 7 letmein 3 12345678 8 dragon 4 abc123 9 111111 5 qwerty 10 Source: SplashData baseball
  14. 14. Get a Free Security Assessment IT SECURITY ASSESSMENT REPORT Get an all-in-one evaluation of your company’s level of protection and vulnerability to IT threats. http://bit.ly/1cOgJNI
  15. 15. Trusted Technology Partner Since 1997.

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