Create Strong, Memorable Passwords
- Think of several random words that are at least 4 characters long.
- Does the system allow special characters like a space?
- String the random words into a small sentence like "Desk happy computer."
- Notice the capital and period at the end. Along with the spaces and length this makes for a strong and memorable password.
- Password should be at least 8 characters long.
- Password should contain at least most of the following: number, lowercase alphabet, uppercase alphabet, special character.
- The longer a password is, the harder it is to guess. A big part of password strength is length.
Avoid these Password Strategies
- Do not use your login name.
- Do not use a single dictionary word.
- Do not use a single dictionary word backwards
- Do not use a single dictionary word with a number at the beginning or end.
- Do not use names or proper names or media characters that mean something to you or that you've used in secret questions.
- Do not use any information easily obtained about you: phone number, license number, address, place of work, college, etc...
- Do not use birthdates.
- Do not use only numbers.
- 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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- Sep 16, 2013