Creating Secure Passwords

  1. What are some suggestions for user passwords and what can be done to make them difficult to crack? #

    Passwords should be 8-14 characters in length. The most secure type of password includes a combination of upper and lower case letters, along with numbers and symbols. For instance, A$f8T3B#w5xG would be a very difficult password to crack, even with a brute force attack from a very determined hacker.

    Try to avoid using common words in English or other languages, as well as obvious things like your name, a relative’s name or other words that might easily be guessed by an unauthorized user. Here are examples of bad passwords:

    • any person’s name including yourself, partner, children, relatives, friends, etc.
    • your birthday
    • your Social Security Number, telephone number, address, etc.
    • words or combinations of words from a dictionary, English or any other language
    • numeric sequences, e.g. “1234”
    • words spelled backwards

    Finally, never under any circumstance make the password the same as your username or use a password such as “username”, “password”, “admin”, “test”, “guest”, etc.

    The Password Meter is a great tool that you can use to check the strength of your password.

    Google posted a great write-up on how to create good passwords.

    We have a Password Generator that you can use to automatically generate a secure random password.

    For more information, check out our blog post about creating good passwords.