Use Strong Passwords
Create passwords that are unique and hard to guess. Use 2-step verification where it is available.
A password is how you prove you are you. Technology has gotten better and better, isn't it time to improve the way you handle passwords? Read the links below to help you create a strong password, manage all your passwords in a password manager, and enable two-step verification to protect against account theft.
Bad - Things to Avoid
Four Digit Years
Examples: 19XX, 20XX, other anniversaries or famous years like 1776 or 1066
Examples: pass, password, p@$$word or any variant
Examples: footballfan, hockey, gosox
Examples: pets, spouses, children, grandchildren, celebrities
Examples: your name, email address, phone number, or social security number
Keyboard Patterns or Sequences
Examples: qwerty, asdf, 123456,abc123
Good - Passwords
A good password will meet the following requirements
An English uppercase character (A-Z)
An English lowercase character (a-z)
A number (0-9) and/or symbol (such as !, #, or %)
Ten or more characters total.
One way to do this is to start with a word you will remember:
Then add elements from the criteria listed above.
Better - Passphrases
Passphrases are longer and more complex than passwords. They are easier to remember, but more difficult to guess.
Method A: Convert a Phrase to an Acronym
Choose a phrase you can remember and reduce it to the first letters of each word, working in some numbers, capitalization, and punctuation.
Mccic:Iiig,web? -> Mint chocolate chip ice cream: If it isn't green, why even bother?
Method B: Unique Phrase
Pick 4-5 Letters (MISL) and then make a phrase using words that start with each of those letters. Add a number or punctuation if it makes sense.
How to Manage
You have dozens of accounts, and that means you need dozens of strong passwords. Thankfully, there are applications to help you keep track of them. A password manager will help you create, use, and store passwords easily. LastPass premium is currently offered at no cost to all members of the Harvard community.