Corporate Compliance

Tip: Manage your password properly

Compliance Monitor, December 29, 2010

Selecting a strong computer password—one that is easy for you to remember but difficult for someone else to guess—is an essential step in securing your organization’s information. Generally, you should select a password that:

  • Includes both letters and numbers
  • Consists of at least six characters (your organization may require seven or eight)
  • Incorporates upper- and lowercase letters, if your system supports them
  • Includes special keyboard characters (such as #), if your system permits
  • Isn’t a personal name, special date, fictional character, or real word

This week’s question and answer was adapted from The HIPAA and HITECH Toolkit: A Business Associate and Covered Entity Guide to Privacy and Security. For more information about the book or to order your copy, visit the HCMarketplace.

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