Tips For Password Security

The guidelines and steps for creating strong and secure passwords.

  • Keep your passwords private – never share a password with anyone else
  • Do not write down your passwords, use a password manager instead
  • Use passwords of at least eight (8) characters or more (longer is better)
  • Use a combination of upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters (for example: !, @, &, %, +) in all passwords
  • Avoid using people’s or pet’s names, or words found in the dictionary; it’s also best to avoid using key dates (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)
  • Substituting look-alike characters for letters or numbers is no longer sufficient (for example, Password” and “P@ssw0rd”)
  • A strong password should look like a series of random characters

How To Create A Strong, Complex Password

Here’s a way to make a strong password that’s very hard to crack:


  • Think of a phrase or sentence with at least eight words. It should be something easy for you to remember but hard for someone who knows you to guess. It could be a line from a favorite poem, story, movie, song lyric, or quotation you like.


          I Want To Put A Dent In The Universe


  • Remove all but the first letter of each word in your phrase.


  • Replace several of the upper-case letters with lower case ones, at random.


  • Now substitute a number for at least one of the letters. (Here, we’ve changed the capital “I” to the numeral 1).


  • Finally, use special characters ( $, &, +, !, @) to replace a letter or two — preferably a letter that is repeated in the phrase. You can also add an extra character to the mix. (Here, we’ve replaced the “t” with “+”, and added an exclamation point at the end.)


Why This Is Important ?

Traditional passwords can be cracked by hackers in less than a minute! Follow this guide to create passwords that would take centuries to crack.

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