Tips for creating a secure password:
- Mix numbers with capital and lowercase letters.
- Include numbers to replace similar looking letters, e.g. Examp13 instead of ‘example’.
- Create a unique acronym, e.g. 1LvCht for ‘I love chocolate’.
- Include phonetic replacements, e.g. 'Luv2Laf' for 'Love to Laugh'.
Things to avoid:
- Don't use a password that is listed as an example of how to pick a good password.
- Don't use a password that contains personal information (name, birth date, etc.)
- Don't use words or acronyms that can be found in a dictionary.
- Don't use keyboard patterns (asdf) or sequential numbers (1234).
- Don't use repeating characters (aa11).
Tips for keeping your password secure:
- Never tell your password to anyone.
- Never write your password down.
- Never send your password by email.
- Periodically change your password for increased security.