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Tip of the Week:

Shorter Passwords Can Be Guessed Easily By Hackers. Always Use Long Passwords.

Hackers often crack passwords using computer programs that try different passwords until they find the right one. Longer passwords take much longer to guess because they have many more possibilities. A six character alphanumeric password, regardless of what the password is, has approximately 19 billion possible configurations. A seven character password has over a trillion possible configurations. While both of these numbers may sound high, a computer program can crack a six character password in under an hour.

More tips for secure passwords can be found on our passwords page

What is Phishing?

According to the Federal Trade Commission, phishing is when “internet fraudsters impersonate a legitimate organization to trick you into giving out your personal information.”

What is Identity Theft?

Identity theft is a situation in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person's identity, usually as a method to gain access to resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person's name.

What is Password Management?

Your password protects you from unwanted access to your accounts. In combination with your userid, your password verifies who you are and also grants you access to protected resources.