Passwords should include capital letters, special characters and numbers. A strong password is about 12 characters long. Making a strong password is not easy but necessary.
- Think of a phrase as the base of your password
- Use the first letter of the words in the phrase to create your password
- Capitalize one or more letters
- Add a special character
- Add a number or two
Instead of thinking of a word for your password, try remembering a phrase. For example, take the phrase “My dog Ellie likes to eat ice cream at Tim and Doug's” and select the first letter of each word, in this case it would be “mdElteicatad.” Add a special character or swap out a letter for a special character. In most passwords these are the allowed special characters +_%@!$*~. Then, add a number but not a number that someone would easily guess. For this example the password would be “mdElt3ic@tad”.
Avoid using a Social Security number, date of birth, account number or address.
It can be difficult to create a strong password and troublesome to remember passwords for each online service. Do not write your passwords down and leave them in a place easily found. If you write down your passwords, keep them in a safe place or locked file.
Update passwords regularly and make sure your passwords vary for each account.