Monday, August 1, 2011

Tips for creating a secure password

Tips for creating a secure password

·         Include punctuation marks and/or numbers.
·         Mix capital and lowercase letters.
·         Include similar looking substitutions, such as the number zero for the letter “O” or “$” for the letter “S”. 
·         Create a unique acronym.
·         Include phonetic replacements, such as “Luv 2 Laf” for “Love to Laugh”.

Things to avoid:

·        Don’t use a password that is listed 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 keyboard patterns (asdf) or sequential numbers (1234).
·        Don’t make your password all numbers, uppercase letters or lowercase letters.
·        Don’t use repeating characters (aa11).

Tips for keeping your password secure:

·         Never tell your password to anyone (this includes significant others, roommates, parrots, etc.).
·         Never write your password down.
·         Never send your password by email.
·         Periodically test your current password and change it to a new one. 

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