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Strong Passwords and Keeping your Accounts Secure

We know passwords can be inconvenient and are often a nuisance to keep track of, but they are the first stop in keeping information safe.

Use these helpful tips to make sure you are doing the best you can to protect your accounts!

A strong password:

  • Is at least eight characters long.
  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
  • Does not contain a complete word.
  • Is significantly different from previous passwords.
  • Contains characters from each of the following four categories:
    • Uppercase letters (A,B,C)
    • Lowercase letters (a,b,c)
    • Numbers (0,1,2)
    • Symbols or spaces (!@#)

Writing down your password is just inviting the wrong person access into your information. Try to pick a phrase that is meaningful to you and adjust it to meet the above criteria. This is a great way to remember your password without writing it down!

Here’s an example: !LuVDuR4@mC()uNtY has been modified from I Love Durham County

Keeping information secure begins with you!

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Chris is an IT professional working almost ten years in local government. His experience is in technical support, audio/visual/network administration, social media and project management.

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