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Best practices for a strong P@s$w0rd.

A strong password is a vital first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer. Hackers and malicious software will be denied by strong passwords, which you should attach to all accounts on your computer.

Here's a guideline for creating a password that denies unauthorized computer access:

  • Don't include your username, real name or company name
  • Don't make your password a complete word
  • Create passwords that are significantly different from each other
  • Use at least eight characters with a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols
    • Create an acronym from a piece of information that's easy to remember. Pick a meaningful phrase, such as "My daughter's birthday is 8 March, 2007," and turn it into the password "Mdbi8/March7."
    • Substitute numbers, symbols and misspellings for letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase. From the previous example, the password could become "MiDotter's_Brthd8iz_387."
    • Use your favorite hobby or sport to form your password. For example, "I love baseball" could become "ILuvB@seBa11."

If you feel the need to write down your passwords, make sure you don't label them as passwords and keep them in a safe place.