Tips on safeguarding your password
- Never give your password to anyone, especially if prompted by an email or phone request.
- Never write it down.
- Make it hard to guess, so others won’t be able to easily obtain it by making a good guess.
- Do not use common dictionary terms, pets’ names, kids’ names, your own name, or the word password.
Helpful hints for safe passwords
Make it something you can easily remember. Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
- Create an acrostic from the letters of a phrase. For example, “I have too many passwords to remember!” could be a password of “Ih2Mp2r!”. If you have to change the password with some frequency, use the password phrase and the numbers representing the month and year, “Ih2Mp2r!1210”
- Make up a nonsense word from pronounceable syllables, for example: a. NUKARGO (new-car-go) b. BLUSKYDAY (blue-sky-day) 3. Use special characters #, $, and @ with numbers to form pronounceable passwords: a. I81#ofF@ (I ate one pound of fat.) b. $$Talks2 (Money talks, too.)
These examples should assist you with creating your own unique password that you can easily remember without writing it down.