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Creating and Managing Your Passwords

Posted by Library Blog on 09/14/2012 at 02:17 PM

The following rules for creating strong passwords are abridged from the April 2012 YourABA e-news article Security Fundamentals: Passwords -- 

  • Use a minimum of eight characters
  • Use a variety of characters
  • Do not use a single dictionary word or common phrase
  • Use phrases that combine multiple common but unrelated words
  • Use different passwords for different services/devices
  • Choose security questions that are less ordinary or answer the security question with false but memorable information
  • Be sure that the URL for the website you are logging into looks legitimate and that the browser shows a secure connection
  • Never write down your password in an unsecure location.

If you need help keeping track of your passwords, use a password management tool designed for that purpose. There are several free and fee-based password management tools.  If you are looking for recommendations on a password manager, listen to this recent Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network.  Hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss:

Staff in the Law Library use Passpack which allows one to have up to100 entries for free!  With Passpack, you only need to remember three things:

  • User ID
  • Password
  • Packing Key