Everyone on campus has something that's protected by a password. Bank account, email inbox, social media profile – or most likely, a combination of these and many more! Setting a password is a good step, but are you really doing all you can to keep your information and identity safe? To be able to answer 'yes' to that question, you should answer 'no' to all of these:
- Do you have anything that still uses a default password?
- Do you use the same password for multiple accounts?
- Does your password include your name, your pet's name, your birthday, your anniversary, or any other publicly known information?
- Is your password all lowercase or all uppercase?
- Is your password a word that's in the dictionary?
- Do you have your passwords written on post-it notes or in other various locations?
- Does your password hint contain the actual password?
- Have you opted out of two-factor authentication?
- Do you save your passwords in your browser?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider looking into changing that practice to help secure your data. Use as many mixed characters as possible, enable two-factor when it's available, use nonsense words or patterns that only make sense to you, and look into a password vault to help you keep everything organized. There's no such thing as 100% secure, but these steps will certainly help you get closer!