How To Create Strong Passwords
The first step in protecting your online privacy is creating a safe password—i.e. one that a computer program or persistent individual won't easily be able to guess in a short period of time.
Your new password must:
- be between 7-64 characters in length
- contain both upper and lower case characters
- contain at least 1 number
- contain at least one of these special characters @ # $ % & + = . _ !
Tips for creating a secure password:
- Mix capital and lower case letters, punctuation marks, special characters, and numbers. Long and complex passwords are safest.
- Create a unique acronym.
- Think of something meaningful to you. Make sure it is something you can remember.
- Include phonetic replacements, such as 'Luv 2 Laf' instead of 'Love to Laugh'.
Things to avoid:
- Don't use a password that is used as an example of how to pick a good password.
- Don't use a password that contains personal information (name, birth date, etc.).
- Don't use words or acronyms that can be found in a dictionary.
- Don't use simple keyboard patterns (qwerty, asdf) or sequential numbers (1234, 0987).
- Don't make your password all numbers, uppercase letters, or lowercase letters.
- Don't use only repeating characters (aa11) or words (toytoy).
Tips for keeping your password secure:
- Never tell your password to anyone (this includes significant others, friends, roommates, parrots, etc.).
- Never write your password down.
- Never send you password via email.
- Periodically change your password to a new one.
- Change your password every 90 days