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Passwords

 

Passwords are used by computer systems and websites to verify who you are and authenticate your permission to access your accounts.

When you login to our secure websites, you need a password to gain access to our services and resources. If someone else knows or guesses your password, they can access the same resources and your account. That’s why it’s crucial for you to choose unique passwords, carefully safeguard your passwords and update your passwords from time-to-time.

How To Snoop-Proof Your Password

What to Do

  • Always choose unique passwords that include a combination of letters, numbers and special characters.
  • Choose a password that is longer than eight characters.
  • Create a brand new password for every application or Internet service you subscribe to or use.
  • Disable the auto complete function of your login IDs or passwords to prevent others using your computer from having instant access.
  • Change your password frequently.

What to Avoid:

  • Don’t choose obvious passwords such as family or pet names, birthdays, street names and telephone numbers that might be easy for others to figure out or can be found in your purse or wallet.
  • Avoid using passwords that are real words.
  • Don’t use the same password for multiple applications or Internet services.

How to Choose a Rock-solid Password

Securing your password is as easy as humming your favourite tune. Here’s how to create an easy-to-remember and secure password:

Step 1: Think of a favorite song, and use the first letter in each word. For instance, The Beatles "I’ve Got to Get You into My Life", could be translated into IGTGYIML.

Step 2: Replace one or two letters of your song acronym with a number and add a special character or two. “IGTGYIML” becomes a stronger password as IG2GYI2ML.