Orange County Insight February 2023

By: Orange County Information Technology Department

One of the most common things when using technology, is the use of passwords to verify one ’ s account or identity. Over the years we ’ ve all accumulated numerous online account and password combinations.

Passwords should be changed regularly and each account should have a different password.

Consider changing passwords to longer passphrases. Passphrases are a combination of words rather than using complex combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. Passphrases are often longer than passwords and easier to remember.

Multi - Factor authentication (MFA) is also recommended. MFA adds a layer of security by requiring a code from either an app or SMS message to login.

Now that you ’ ve changed all your accounts to passphrases and turned on MFA, how do you keep track of all the changes? There are several password managers to assist with protecting the passwords with encryption. Password managers allow you to only remember a “ master password ” to unlock the manager, and often provide the option to create passwords for you.

If you have any questions, please contact the Orange County Helpdesk at

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