Creating and Using Passwords

Course Description:

Many organizations require passwords to access computers at work, banking and financial information, even cell phones. Yet, research shows that too many people use weak, unsecure passwords to protect personal or work data. This module is an introductory overview of how to create and manage passwords for new employees during onboarding or as a refresher course for those without a cyber security background. You will learn to recognize the importance of creating and using passwords and common password best practices.

Course Duration: 9 minutes

Why “Creating and Using Passwords” Matters:

The more that technology in the workplace is implemented to meet business needs, the greater the organization’s exposure to cyber threats. There are known and specific threats to information technology (IT) infrastructure, including computers, networks, and Internet-connected devices. There are basic measures employees can take to protect data and hardware.

Key Points:

  • Passwords protect sensitive data from unauthorized access.
  • A strong password is at least 10 characters, includes a mix of lower- and uppercase letters, at least 1 number, and at least 1 special character.
  • Change passwords frequently, and don’t share them or store them in the open.
  • Use a different password for each account.
  • Enter passwords manually; do not store them on your computer. Enable multifactor authentication.
  • Use a password manager to organize your passwords.