Did you know that over 80% of identify breaches involve stolen or weak passwords? Here are some tips to help you manage your passwords and avoid having them hacked. Safeguarding your passwords is crucial not only for personal information but also for any sensitive Michigan Medicine information you have access to.
1. Use two-factor authentication
- Two-Factor authentication is a second layer of security, keeping an individual’s account secure even if their password is compromised. It requires two proofs of identity when logging in:
- Something you know, such as your Michigan Medicine (Level-2) Password
- Something you have, such as a hardware token with passcodes or a mobile app
- Duo provides a flexible two-factor authentication solution that allows the organization to extend security protection to more systems and individual accounts at U-M. With Duo, you’ll be alerted right away — on any phone or mobile device — if someone is trying to log in as you.
2. Use a passphrase
- Passphrases are a series of random words or a sentence used as a password. They’re easy to remember but hard to guess — adding additional security strength. Just remember that it still needs to meet the (Michigan Medicine Level 2 password policy requirement.
3. Make each account unique
- Never use the same password for more than one account. Each account that you log into should have a unique password. This way, if one account password becomes compromised, the others will still be protected.
4. A password manager can help
- If you have too many passwords to remember, using a password manager can help. A password manager is a program that securely stores all of your passwords. You then only have to remember the passwords for your computer or device and the password manager program.
Want more information? Visit the Safe Computing website.