Top Tips for Creating a Strong Password

 
According to The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center/United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (NCCIC/US-CERT) following these tips in creating strong passwords will help prevent you from being the victim of a data hack.
 
1. Use multi-factor authentication when available.
 
This highly effective safety precaution measure requires you to input a PIN that gets sent to you via an email, SMS or app. The only way to access the account is to have both pieces of the puzzle to unlock the code.
 

   
2. Use different passwords on different systems and accounts.
 
Diversify your passwords by using a different password for every account. While it may be difficult to remember multiple passwords, you should never sacrifice security for convenience.

  
3. Don’t use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed.
 
Avoid using the most obvious choices like your children’s names, notable dates, anniversaries or pet names. Choose passwords that would be difficult to trace back to someone or something that is important to you.

 
4. Use the longest password or passphrase permissible by each password system.
 
Choose random numbers and words that can be easily remembered. This must be done randomly and without a pattern to maintain the highest level of security possible.

 
5. Don’t use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language.
 
Sophisticated hackers have programs that search through tens of thousands of dictionary words. To maintain the highest level of security possible instead opt for random words and phrases.
 
There are ways to protect your passwords and keep them secure. Determine which type of measures work best for you and use them effectively so that your information remains protected from hackers.

 
These tips are provided by Brentwood Bank and are for educational purposes only. Brentwood Bank makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, or specific suitability of any information presented. Information provided should not be relied on or interpreted as accounting, financial planning, investment, legal, or tax advice. Brentwood Bank recommends you consult a professional for any specific guidance you are seeking.