A strong password makes it difficult for anyone to guess your password. However, your password should be easy to remember without needing to write it down.
Words to avoid when creating passwords:
- Do not use your or any family member's name, nickname, or initials in any form, using either forwards or backwards spelling.
- Do not use your User ID in any form.
- Do not use other information that can be easily obtained about you. This includes birth dates, telephone numbers, license plate numbers, Social Security numbers, street addresses, or the brand of automobile you drive, etc.
- Do not use all the same character, for example, 333333 or consecutive keys on a keyboard, for example, ASDFGH.
- Do not use English words or words in any other language that would appear in a dictionary, as they can be easily discovered by password cracking programs that use electronic dictionaries.
Tips for choosing good passwords:
- Develop a method of creating passwords that makes it easier for you to remember. Avoid writing passwords down.
- Use a line in a favorite song, poem, or movie and select the first letter of each word to create your password. Also include at least one number. For example, "The early bird always catches the worm" becomes the password 1TEBACTW.
- Use two short words and connect them with a number. For example, GREAT7MINDS.
- Use a word that you can easily remember, but remove the vowels and replace them with numbers. For example, the word Basketball becomes the password B2SK3TB4LL.