Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Create a strong password

A strong password is one that's difficult for others to determine by guessing or by using automated programs. A strong password is an important first step in protecting your personal information. A strong password:

* Contains seven to sixteen characters.
* Uses three of the following four types of characters:
o Uppercase letters (A, B, C).
o Lowercase letters (a, b, c).
o Numerals (1, 2, 3).
o Special characters (` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + - = { } | [ ] \ : " ; ' < > ? , . /) .
* Isn't a common word or name, or a close variation on a common word or name.

Your password can't contain:

* Spaces or non-English characters.
* The portion of your e-mail address before the @ symbol.
* Your question or secret answer.

Notes

* Passwords are case sensitive (Capable of distinguishing between uppercase [capital] and lowercase [small] letters. For example, A is different from a. If information is case sensitive, it must be typed with the required capitalization.) .
* To help secure your personal information, don't write down your password, or share it with anyone else.
* If you have more than one e-mail account, use a different password for each account.

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