Cyber Safety – Review in 2: Is your password secure?

July 1, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Whether it be for employment, finance or recreation, you’ve likely accumulated a proliferation of accounts and passwords.

It can make it tempting to adopt habits that reduce the security of your protected information. Some people choose a simple password — their date of birth, a pet’s name or another easily discovered piece of personal information. Others resort to writing their passwords on a piece of paper or reusing the same password for several different accounts.

Strong and unique passwords are key to online security and privacy. Financial fraud or identity theft is often the result of hackers guessing simple and commonly used passwords.

Password tips

  • Private: Never share your password
  • Long: At least nine or more characters
  • Secure: Use two-factor authentication to add an additional layer of security
  • Unique: Choose strong, unique passwords for each site or service you use

Coming soon: Password Manager

Michigan Medicine will introduce a password manager software called LastPass to encourage good password practices. Watch for more information in fall 2019.

Learn more

Take two minutes to view the July Cyber Safety poster. Print, display and share the posters with your colleagues!

Win a breakfast basket

Take the July quiz for a chance to win a breakfast basket delivered to your place of work: Q: What should you never share? (TIP: Open the July Cyber Safety poster for the answer!)

Email your answer to IAMM-Ed-Awa@med.umich.edu with “July Quiz” in the subject line.

Congratulations to the May winner

Courntey Inch in Pharmacy Services was the winner of our June Cyber Safety Quiz. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Michigan Medicine’s Information Assurance team promotes a monthly IT security reminder as part of its “Cyber Safety – Review in 2” campaign. The goal is to increase awareness of key cybersecurity topics by presenting important information that can be reviewed in two minutes or less. View the entire campaign on the Safe Computing website.

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