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Passwords most effective when they are strong and secret.
An effective password is said to be "strong." In other words, complex enough that it is difficult to guess or crack. A strong password must:
While not required, here are some additional tips:
Jeff is an IT professional with a wife Nancy, and two children John and Lois. The following are easy to remember BUT weak passwords because they do not meet the criteria above:
To create a strong password, Jeff decides on an easy to remember phrase based on one of his favorite musicians, Barry Manilow. (It is easy to find out family member names, knowing all of Jeffs hobbies, tastes, and preferences is difficult.) Some strong passwords:
Never share your password. Not even with VIS staff.
When you share a password with anyone, it is no longer a secret and thus becomes a vulnerability. If you feel you are in a situation that requires you to share a password, please consult with VIS to find a solution.
Likewise, do not write your password down or store it in an obvious location. Once it is known by another, it is worthless.