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PASSWORDS

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A strong password is your first line of defense when protecting your computer files and information. It is important to develop a password that is easy for you to remember but not easy for someone else to guess. Developing a good password takes some thought. Do you have a strong password?

Standards for a strong password

  • At least eight characters in length - the longer it is, the stronger it is 
  • Contains numeric characters alternating with alphabetic characters
  • Includes symbols such as: !, @, (, $, %, ^, &, *, ) and # whenever the site or system allows 
    ! might serve as an l and $ might serve as an S
  • Contains both upper and lowercase letters in alternating format
  • Does not contain any portion of your name, address, date of birth, SSN, login ID, nickname, family member names, pet name, sports team name or word that appears in a dictionary spelled forward or backward
  • Avoids reference to the work place or work responsibilities such as “college1”, “Rockville”, “pa$$word”, or “c0mputer”    

A pass-phrase helps create strong, easy to remember passwords

An easy way to create a strong password is to use an easy to remember phrase that is important to you. This phrase can be from a movie, book, song or a saying.  Make sure it is not so important that it is easy to associate with you. 

Examples:

Phrase: One day I hope to be a millionaire!
Password: 1DiH2BaM!

Phrase: When angry, count to ten; when happy, whistle!
Password: wAct10;wHw!

Notice how we use the first letter of every word and convert the letters by substituting numbers, lower and upper case and special characters. Make sure it is more than 8 characters long.
 

Guidelines for keeping passwords safe

  • Never reveal or share your password.
  • Never write passwords down or conceal them near a workstation.
  • Change passwords periodically (at least every six months) and never reuse.
  • Use unique passwords for every account - especially the important ones!
  • Change passwords immediately if an account or password is suspected to have been compromised.
  • Do not save passwords in your browser no matter how convenient.

Now go ahead and check your new password skills on the Password Checker! 

https://www.montgomerycollege.edu/passwordchecker/