How to Create a Strong Password

Choosing the right password can mean the difference between keeping your data or account information safe or becoming a victim of an Internet scam. And according to recent reports by and, there are simple steps to follow when creating a password.

First, start by choosing a password that you can remember. If you write down your password, you run the risk of someone finding it … and using it! Also, choose a password that you can type quickly, which reduces the risk of someone looking over your shoulder and notating it. Remember these key basics when creating your password: use at least eight characters; use a random mixture of characters, including upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation  and symbols; don’t use a word found in a dictionary, English or foreign; and never use the same password twice.

When creating a password, don’t use personal information, such as your name, nickname, birth date, wife’s name, pet’s name, friend’s name, home town, phone number, social security number, car registration number, address, etc. Also, don’t use a password based on your user name, account name, computer name or e-mail address.

Experts also recommend that you change your password regularly, about once per month. And if you ever suspect that your password has been used or is in the hands of someone else, change it immediately.

After creating your password, you’ll want to protect it. Don’t store it on your computer and don’t tell anyone your password, not even a system administrator. One common mistake made is for individuals to e-mail their password over an unsecured channel. If you must write down your password, make sure it’s locked in a safe or in another secure location.

If you are still having difficulty selecting a password, you can use a Website to create it, such as

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