Passwords should include capital letters, special characters and numbers. 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 “Keep personal and financial information personal!” and select the first letter of each word, in this case it would be “KPAFIP!” Add a special character such as an exclamation point to make the password even stronger. Then, add a number but not a number that someone would easily guess. The password would be “KPAFIP!6”. 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.