How many passwords do you have? When was the last time you changed it? Do you use your daughter´s birth date or your name written backwards?
We all have an increasing number of passwords for all the websites we access on a frequent basis. Having a safe and easy system to set and maintain passwords is key to keep information secure. Keeping a secure but easy to remember password is key to keep a dataroom secure. Dataroom providers set password policies such as password shelf life, password length, as well as mix of characters to include, and words to avoid.
There are many sources of information about password security. Some of the sources we recommend our dataroom clients are:
On the importance of a good password:- Wikipedia entry with general information on passwords and security
Advise on setting your password:CSO's advise (Don´t have a password, have a system to create passwords)
Microsoft´s advise on creating a system. From sentence to password.
More helpful advise and sources:
- Be careful if you select any of the online available online password generators. Make sure they are legitimate, and if possible, change some characters...
- Read the US Department of Homeland Security advice on passwords.