Create a Strong Password
We want to encourage you to strengthen your password and security for your accounts. Here are a few tips to increase your password strength:
- Absolute minimum of 8 characters. (********)
- Use letters that are capital and lower case. (AaBbCc)
- Numbers throughout the password. (123456)
- Symbols that diversify the code from normal letters and numbers. (!?@#$%&;)
- Never use anniversaries, birthdays, names of family members or anything that is directly related to a specific event in your personal life.
If you have multiple accounts that need a secure password, it is important to differentiate the passwords. You will want to come up with something that is memorable but not too obvious.
Here are a few ideas for passwords that are easy to remember and hard to crack:
- Use your age in a sentence. Example: Iam:)2b29! (I am happy to be 29!)
- Use a sentence that you will never forget and take the first letter of each word out of that sentence. Example: TfhIeliw613FS.Rw$4pm (“The first house I ever lived in was 613 Fake Street. Rent was $400 per month.”)
- Use a school start date that people will not know about. (Don’t use your college or high school grad date) Example: Is7gaLMSi#2010! (“I started 7th grade at Lincoln Middle School in 2010!”)
The Final Tip: Treat your passwords like a toothbrush. Don’t let anyone use them and get a new one every 6 months.
These tips will keep your passwords more secure and allow you to feel safe online. Check back each week for tech tips and news from the IT industry.
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