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Choosing Strong Passwords
Passwords are used every day for a variety of reasons, and choosing strong passwords is crucial in protecting your privacy.
Here are 10 tips to help you create effective passwords:
- Use a number and / or punctuation
- Change your password every few months
- Use different passwords for different sites
- Always use at least eight characters
- Mix uppercase and lowercase letters
- Use a phrase with no spaces (but don’t use proper spelling, i.e. ‘dictionary words’)
- Use multiple words strung together separated by punctuation
- Never use personal information (such as your name, someone you know, etc.)
- Never use common single words
- Never share your passwords with anyone
Here are some great links for more information on effective passwords:
- Check your password—is it strong?
- Microsoft Password Security Tips
- Microsoft: How to Create Effective Passwords
A typical password-cracking program running on a fast personal computer can guess 10,000,000 passwords per second. If the password uses all available types of characters on a keyboard:
Review calculations from a 96 Characters/Class D attack chart.