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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
! 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
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
One day I hope to be a millionaire!
Phrase: When angry, count to ten; when happy, whistle!
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
- Do not save
passwords in your browser no matter how convenient.
Now go ahead and check your new password skills on the Password Checker!