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Convert passwords into passphrases this year

A new year is an ideal time to turn your USPS passwords into passphrases.

Did you know that three of the most common passwords among U.S. computer users last year were “qwerty,” “password” and “12345”?

If you use generic passwords, the CyberSafe at USPS team is encouraging you to leave them behind.

The start of 2020 is an ideal time to update the passwords for your USPS and personal devices with passphrases.

A passphrase is a unique set of letters, symbols and numbers that, along with your login ID, will grant you access to your devices and accounts. Using a distinctive, complex and familiar phrase will make it easier for you to remember your account credentials while making it more difficult for hackers.

For example, you could turn the phrase “be cybersafe at work” into “B3_Cyb3rs*f3@w0^k”.

Remember: Keep your passphrase in a secure location, never share it, and don’t use it for multiple accounts. USPS requires users to change their passphrase every 90 days or when they suspect it has been compromised.

More information on cybersecurity best practices is available on the CyberSafe at USPS Blue and LiteBlue pages.

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