Security Focus: Updating Your Windows Password

Security Focus: Updating Your Windows Password

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Computer security is an increasing problem for all companies and individuals.  Your company and its employees are no exception. Over the next few blogs we will be giving you advice on tightening security with a goal of keeping your network and employees safe. We want to help you and your employees be responsible with their personal use of the internet and electronic services.

As the first blog about security, we will explain how to change your Windows password – this blog provides a simple how-to guide and set of rules to help you carry out this task.

1. How to Guide (3 simple steps)

Quick Help – Your Windows password is the password you use to log on to your computer.

  1. Log in to your computer as normal.
  2. Once at the Windows Desktop, Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, and then click “Change a password”.
  3. Type your old password, type your new password, type your new password again to confirm it, and then press ENTER

2. How to create a secure password

  • Don’t use easy-to-guess passwords.
  • Minimum password length should be 8 characters.
  • Don’t write down your password.
  • Don’t share passwords with co-workers.
  • Don’t use the same password for different applications (Your computer logon, online banking, website accounts etc).
  • Update all your devices (VPN connections, smart phones, tablet etc)
  • It’s a good idea to change passwords each 6 months.

Pick a word or phrase that you’ll remember, but substitute letters with symbols or numbers (such as @ for a, 8 for B, $ for S, etc. Using this method, “sambuca” might become “$@m8uC@”.

Passwords should contain three of the following four items:

  • At least 1 uppercase letter
  • At least 1 lowercase letter
  • At least 1 numeric digit
  • At least 1 special character (example: #, $, %, ^, !, etc.)

Use the first letter of a long phrase, using upper and lower-case letters, and the substitutions mentioned above. So, “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” might become “5CHwtg0wTG”. This may seem difficult at first, but muscle memory will kick in and you’ll find yourself typing it with ease!

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