Choosing a secure password is one of the most important steps to assure your security on the Internet. With the Identity theft on the rise, it is difficult to overstate the importance of this simple step. In the interest of protecting our customers information and accounts, Cal.net will be putting a new secure password policy into effect. The new policy will not force password changes at this time. It will however affect any password changes requested from this point forward. All new passwords must at the minimum comply with the following rules.
- Must be a minimum of 8 characters.
- At least one special character (!@?%).
- At least three numbers.
Cal.net has compiled a list of suggestions to help our customers choose strong passwords.
What NOT to use as password?
- Your account name or username.
- Your real name or anybody else’s name.
- Birthday, phone number, address or driver’s license number.
- Any word from a dictionary. That includes other languages.
- Words from a dictionary using common substitution between numbers/letters, like the number 0 for the letter O, the number 1 for the letter L, the number 3 for letter E and so on.
- Any “secure password” found on the internet.
Good password suggestions?
- Always include symbols, like .,!@?% etc.
- Use uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Choose a password with at least 8 characters. The longer it is, the more secure it will be.
- Use an interesting phrase, a verse from a poem or a song. Use the first letter of each word to create your new password. Check to make you didn’t accidentally create a word from the dictionary.
- Go to a busy street or parking lot and record 3 or 4 different license plates. Eliminate all duplicate letters and numbers and create your password with what’s left.
- Discover new ways to obtain letters and numbers, like opening a book and grabbing the third letter of the first 10 adjectives you see. Use your creativity!
Keep your password safe
This part is very essential, it makes no sense to create a very strong and secure password only to turn around and share it with family or close friends:
- Never reveal your password to anybody.
- Never write down your password. Even though the password might be long and have strange characters, you need to be able to identify it easily so you don’t have to write them down.
- Always change your passwords every few months.
If you have any questions about the policy, please contact Tech Support.