Create Strong, Memorable Passwords
- Think of a sentence you can remember. "My son Aiden is three years old."
- Does the system allow passphrases?
- Convert the phrase to a password. "msaityo"
- Add complexity. "My SoN Ayd3N is 3 yeeRs old" Becomes: "MsAy3yo"
- Substitute some special characters. "MySoN 8N i$ 3 yeeR$ old" Becomes: "M$8ni3y0"
- Password should be at least 8 characters long.
- Password should contain at least one of each of the following: number, lowercase alphabet, uppercase alphabet, special character.
- The longer a password is, the harder it is to guess.
Avoid these Password Strategies
- Do not use your login name.
- Do not use words in a dictionary, in any language.
- Do not use names or proper names or media characters.
- Do not use any of the above spelled backwards.
- Do not use any of the above preceded or followed by a number.
- Do not use any information easily obtained about you: phone number, license number, address, place of work, college, etc...
- Do not use birthdates.
- Avoid sequences or repeated characters. "12345678", "222222", 'abcdefg", "asdfjkl;"
- Avoid using only look-alike substitutions of numbers or symbols. "MIcr0$0ft", "P@ssw0rd"
- Avoid using the same password everywhere.
- Do not place password on sticky note under the keyboard (or elsewhere).
Keep your Password Secret
- Do not reveal to others.
- Protect any recorded passwords.
- Never provide your password over email or based on an e-mail request.
- Change your passwords at least once a semester.
- Do not type passwords on computers that you do not control (trust).
- Only enter passwords into secure sites and authentic sites.
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- Oct 02, 2009