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How to Dodge Hackers With Strong Passwords

Wouldn’t it be nice to go back to the days when we could use “1234” or “password” as our computer password? Well, I hate to break it to you, but those days are long gone.

The average American spends roughly 11 hours online every day. If you’re not surfing the web, chances are you’re chatting on social media, replying to emails or paying bills.

“Computers and smartphones contain so much information about our personal lives and families, [so] we must protect that information just like we would protect any important papers or treasures in our home,” said Matt Watson, senior security analyst for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. “In our home, we lock our doors to protect those inside as well as our treasures. The only way to unlock our home is with a key. Your password to your computer or smartphone is just like the key to your home. It must be unique, kept in a safe place, and not shared with anyone.”

Remembering so many passwords is often frustrating, but following these tips will help you help keep hackers away:

Don’t make a password too personal (make it hard for others to guess)

Change your password regularly

Don’t use dictionary words

Use a combination of words

Make your password at least eight characters long

Include numbers, capital letters and symbols

Be sure your devices are secure

In the Community, the tribal government’s IT Department allows users access to the Password Self-Service Site in case they need to reset their password without having to call IT. In just five minutes after registering, you will be able to take full advantage of the easy-to-use tool. In cases where you forget your password, you can sign in to the service site and reset your password yourself.

For more information call the SRPMIC IT desk at (480) 362-7555.