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Password Security

Password is a key, which is used to protect your information from the bad guys in the Cyber World. Your user ID is your identification, and your password proves your user ID.

Important tips to keep your password safe
  • Never tell or share your password or with anyone.
  • Never write your password on the paper, or send your password in Email or tell your password over telephone.
  • Always change your password regularly.
  • Avoid choosing the “Remember/Save my password” option.
  • Avoid typing the password in-front of others.
  • Always use the different passwords for different logins.
  • Never re-use your old password.
A Strong Password
  • Should have a combination of Alphabets, numbers and characters (For Example: g.!@#$%^&*)
  • Should not be any dictionary words.
  • Should have with minimum 8 characters length
  • Should contain both Upper and lower case characters (For Exanple: a-z, A-Z)
  • Should not be based on the personal information such as, name of the family members, pet’s name etc.
  • Should be easy to remember. For Example, use the second letter of each word in a phrase: ”An apple a day keeps the doctor away” might give you the password as “cYb3rc3LLr@j”. Special characters should also be added in this password.
Do’s
  • Use a password with mixed-case letters (eg, AaBb) and use upper-case letters in the middle and/or end, not just the beginning.
  • Use a password with some non-alphabetic characters (eg, digits or punctuation).
  • Use a password that is easy to remember, so you don’t have to write it down.
  • Use a password that you can type quickly, without having to look at the keyboard. This makes it harder for someone to steal your password by watching over your shoulder.
  • Passwords are the secret which is used to protect the valuable personal information that is stored in our computer and in our Online Accounts.
  • It is not difficult to create strong passwords and keep them safe.
Don’ts
  • Don’t tell a password over the phone to ANYONE.
  • Don’t reveal a password in a email message.
  • Don’t talk about a password in front of others.
  • Don’t reveal a password on questionnaires or forums or blogs.
  • Don’t share a password with family members.
  • Don’t use your logins name in any form of password creation (For example: Reverse, Capitalized, etc.)
  • Don’t use the “Remember Password” feature of applications (For Example, OutLook, Browser, Messenger)