Some Simple Rules to Follow
- Make it impersonal – don’t include your pet’s name, significant other’s name, favorite sports team, kids…
- Make it long – at least 8 characters.
- Make it different – use unique passwords for different sites.
- Make it diverse – Mix uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers, and symbols for a STr0gpA$$W@rd3.
- Passwords must be kept confidential.
- Don’t store you password on a Post-It in or around your desk.
- Don’t make it personal (Don’t use the name of your pet, favorite sports team, or family member’s name.).
- Passwords will change every 45-60 days.
- Passwords must contain a minimum of 8 (eight) characters, and 3 (three) of the four following: lower-case, upper-case, numbers and special characters (e.g. “%”, “$”, “#”,“@”).
Creating a Strong Password
- You may use the lyrics from a favorite song, here’s an example from Michael Jackson’s hit “Thriller” and how it could be used as a secure password:
“And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike“
- And – &
- no – n
- one’s – 1
- gonna – g
- save – $
- you – U
- from – f
- the – t
- beast – B
- about – a
- to – 2
- strike – $