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How to Create a Strong Password

When selecting a new password, please follow these guidelines:

  • The password must be 6 to 14 characters long.
  • Passwords should contain at least two numbers and two letters, and it's
    a good idea to mix upper and lower case letters.
  • You cannot choose any word that is in a dictionary, or any names, places,
    or personal information like your birth date.

To select a password you can easily remember, follow these tips:

  • Choose a word, then scramble it with some random numbers (e.g., buffalo becomes Bu3fa2o).
  • Converting an easy-to-remember phrase into an acronym with symbols is also
    a good strategy. It is a very fine day could be abbreviated to iiavfd,
    and then by adding two non-alphabetic characters, would become a valid password
    of iia44fd.

Here are some examples of good and bad passwords:

  • g2du75ks is a good password. goducks98 is not.
  • o8at45s is a good password. oats22 is not.