How to Make a Strong Password

Strong passwords are a must in order to prevent unauthorized access to your computer. The following guidelines can help you ensure you are creating strong passwords for all of your online activity.

  • Use a mixture of capital and lower cased letters, numbers, special characters, and punctuation marks.
  • Include at least six characters, although in some cases eight or more are required. Each character added increases your protection.
  • Avoid using sequences, repeated characters, and easily obtainable information such as your home address or initials in passwords.
  • Become familiar with your password so you don’t have to look down at the keyboard. This makes it more difficult for over-the-shoulder readers to figure out your password.
  • Use different passwords for different Internet sites.
  • Memorizing your passwords is ideal. If you do write passwords down, make sure to store them in a safe place.
  • Change your passwords regularly. (It is recommended to change them at least every six months).