Passwords are a part of our daily lives. Even with multifactor authentication solutions, choosing strong passwords is critical in protecting your privacy.
It’s always recommended that you choose "strong passwords." But, what characterizes a strong password? Plus, how do you create a password you can remember?
Check out these 12 tips to help you create effective passwords:.
- Use a number and/or punctuation
- Always use as least eight characters
- Mix uppercase and lowercase letters
- Use phrases with no spaces, but avoid using proper spelling, or “dictionary words”
- Use multiple words strung together, separated by punctuation
- Never use personal information, such as your name or someone you know, such as birth dates
- Never use common single words, like “dog”
- Avoid using repeated characters, like “aaaa”
- Never use sequences, like ‘123456’ or ‘abcdef’
- Change your passwords every few months
- Use different passwords for different websites and applications
- Never share your passwords with anyone
Additionally, Microsoft offers a password checker that you can use to verify the strength of your passwords.
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