Tips for Creating Strong Passwords

Why do I need good passwords?

When confronted with the task of creating a password, most people use the same, simple password for every login. However, this is very insecure for two reasons:

  1. Don't use the same password for various logins. Do you want to let someone who steals your Facebook password to be able to look at your bank account?
  2. You should try to use complex passwords. There are programs available that can "crack" insecure passwords in seconds. If your banking password is stolen or cracked, a criminal could steal all of your money and more in your name.

How do I make strong passwords?

One problem with strong and complex passwords is that they can be difficult to remember, especially as you make more. Sometimes you maye be tempted to write down passwords if they are too complex to remember, but that is not a good practice at all.
A common tip for creating a password that you can remember is to think of a sentence or phrase and abbreviate it in a unique way.
If you were born on January 1 in New York City, NY, you might use IwB1-J@|\|.1NyC! for "I was born 1-Jan. in New York City!" If a stranger were to look at the password, he or she could probably not decipher it.

This, however, is only one password. You should make a different password for each site, and change them regularly. Microsoft has a password strength test where you can check your passwords to see how secure they are. I do not recommend using your exact password, but instead type in one that is similar in length and complexity.

What to include

What not to include:

Remember: The strongest password in the world is useless if somebody has physical access to your computer.