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Information Security TIP OF THE WEEK – Reusing Passwords


This week’s tip is a reminder about how reusing passwords can get you into trouble. If you use the same password for different accounts, say for Instagram, your bank, UTHSC, and Amazon, if one of those organizations gets hacked and your credentials exposed, all someone would need to do is start searching for that same email address at different sites and plug in that password to gain access.

This week, we were notified that the Chronicle of Higher Education potentially was hacked and 3.5M members credentials were exposed. For UTHSC, that was 129 email addresses. Dennis Leber, our Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), advised those individuals and recommended directly to them to change the password for that site and whatever other sites with whom they might have used the same password.

Stay safe everyone! And make really strong, fun passwords!

Here’s one to use:  cuzInfoSectoldme2doit!