Tips For Creating a Secure Password

PASSWORD TIP

Here’s one way to create a strong password you’ll remember: Think of a sentence or phrase that’s meaningful to you (i.e., my oldest son Zac will be 15 years old on May 30!). Use the first letter of each word to create a password (i.e., mosZwb15yooM30!). Then change some of the letters to similar special characters (i.e., mo$Zwb15yooM30!). Warning: Do not use this example as your password. Now that it’s been widely published, a hacker is likely to try it.

PASSWORD PITFALLS

For your own protection, please avoid passwords that use dictionary words in any language, personal information (such as your name, birthday, driver’s license or passport number), sequences or repeated characters (such as Aa123Bb456Cc789#$), or adjacent letters on your keyboard (like qwerty123456!@#).

Writing down passwords or saving them on your computer can expose them to loss or theft. If you do choose to document your password, be sure to store it safely in a lockbox or encrypt the document or file on your computer’s hard drive.