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STEP 5

Beyond Simple Passwords

Your passwords are the first line of defense for you devices and accounts. Strong passwords and multi-factor authentication help protect your data. Explore tools to strengthen your passwords below.

Creating a Strong Password

Have I Been Hacked

So, you have been taking the steps necessary to know what you have, who can access it, and ensuring that settings are secure and updates are being done. The next crucial step is making sure you aren’t leaving your systems, applications or devices open for unauthorized access. Lock your virtual doors and windows. Just like in the physical world, when you lock everything down, the bad guys may move on. Your accounts and data (such as email, personnel records or databases) are valuable assets – to you and criminals.

Keep your accounts safer by moving beyond simple passwords: use strong passwords and two-factor authentication (2FA) (an additional layer of protection to your passwords). Be sure to set up unique passwords on all your accounts – use the list of devices and accounts you created in Toolbox “Know What You Have” to help make sure you have everything covered. Use this toolbox to access tools that help you create and manage strong passwords and 2FA.

5.1 Tools for 2FA

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Google Authenticator

Use this tool to install Google Authenticator on your phone and tablet to manage your 2FA passwords.

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LastPass

Use this tool to help generate strong passwords, as well as manage and store all your passwords.

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1Password

Use this tool to store and access your passwords securely.

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Have I Been Pwned?

Use this tool to see if your password has been compromised.

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Turn On 2FA for Your Accounts

Use this tool to configure your online accounts with 2FA.

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Microsoft Authenticator

Use this tool to manage your 2FA passwords.

Additional Training & Resources

Explore training courses, videos, sharable content and other resources about this toolbox topic. Browse additional training resources below.

Access Control Policy

This sample policy offered by the New York State Department of Financial Services ensures that information assets and information...

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Authentication Policy

Use/customize this template to build your company's authentication policy.

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How to Create Strong Passwords

Watch this video to learn how to create strong passwords.

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Why Password Reuse is Dangerous

Watch this video to understand the importance of creating and maintaining strong, unique passwords.

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