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How safe is your password?

  • Thursday, 29 August 2013
  • sama arooj
  • How safe is your password?
    How safe is your password?

    The first step in protecting your online privacy is creating a safe password - i.e. one that a computer program or persistent individual won't easily be able to guess in a short period of time. To help you choose a secure password, we've created a feature that lets you know visually how safe your password is as soon as you create it.

    Tips for creating a secure password:
    • Include punctuation marks and/or numbers.
    • Mix capital and lowercase letters.
    • Include similar looking substitutions, such as the number zero for the letter 'O' or ' for the letter 'S'.
    • Create a unique acronym.
    • Include phonetic replacements, such as 'Luv 2 Laf' for 'Love to Laugh'.

    Things to avoid:
    • Don't reuse passwords for multiple important accounts, such as Gmail and online banking.
    • 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 make your password all numbers, uppercase letters or lowercase letters.
    • Don't use repeating characters (aa11).

    Tips for keeping your password secure:
    • Never tell your password to anyone (this includes significant others, roommates, parrots, etc.).
    • Never write your password down.
    • Never send your password by email.
    • Periodically test your current password and change it to a new one.

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