|Choosing a Secure Password
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You are responsible for any activity that originates with your accounts. Therefore it's essential that you choose good passwords and keep them secret.
Six essential elements of password security:
A secure password is:
How to Choose a Secure Password:
There are plenty of ways to come up with passwords that meets the criteria above.
Method 1: Use the first character of each word in a phrase, song or poem to create a "mnemonic". For instance:
It looks like 12 characters of gobbledy-gook, but it's (1) long enough, (2) complex enough, (3) easy enough to remember - so it's a good password.
Method 2: Alternate between one consonant and one or two vowels. This provides nonsense words that are usually pronounceable, and thus easily remembered. Examples: routboofip or quadpopgoor. Then exchange some letters for numbers, and capitalize some of the letters: routb00fIP QU@dp0pgooR
Method 3: Choose three short words and paste them together with a punctuation and numbers between them. For example: Dog;rain2sit book+Mug=sleep kid5.goaT!fish
Search the Internet for "choosing a password" for other methods, and more ideas and information. Some helpful pages are at:
Cambridge University ran an empirical study of passwords, with some interesting results. The short summary: use mnemonic passwords of at least 10 characters. http://www.ftp.cl.cam.ac.uk/ftp/users/rja14/tr500.pdf
Here is a list of the "500 worst passwords of all time." If your password is on this list, PLEASE change it right away!
Your passwords play a crucial role in protecting your computing accounts and the personal information that can be accessed through them. Choose secure passwords and keep them secret so that you can be sure that only YOU control what goes into and comes out of your accounts.
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