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Tips for Creating a Strong Password & Keeping It Safe

To create a strong password:

  • Use at least 14 characters.
  • Use a combination of letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and symbols.
  • Do not use a word or name out of a dictionary in any language unless you significantly alter it in some way.
  • Never use a password that is based on personal information, such as your user name, petís name, motherís maiden name, hometown name, birth date, social security number, driverís license number, PIN number, etc.
  • Use the first letter of each word in a sentence, phrase, or song lyric to create a password. (Make some of the letters uppercase and add several numbers and/or symbols.)

To help keep your password secure:

  • Donít write down your password. (If you must write down something, then write down a hint that will remind you of the password and keep it in a secure location, such as your wallet.)
  • Change your password periodically (e.g., every 60 to 90 days) or whenever you feel it may have been compromised.
  • Donít choose to save your password if prompted by your browser or other program.
  • Donít enter your password on a shared computer in places with open Wi-Fi access, such as Internet cafes, public libraries, etc.
  • Log off and close the web browser whenever you're finished using a site that you had to log in to.