How Strong is Your Password?

On May 4th, 2010, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 3 Comments

With access to private files a major concern, the strength of your password could be critical. Some websites will actually tell you how strong your password is as you are entering it. If you are looking to create a really strong password, try these simple tips:

* Substitute a symbol for a letter: @ instead of A; # instead of N; $ instead of S
* Substitute a zero for an O or vice versa
* Make the first letter lower case and a later letter upper case
* Whenever possible, make your password at least 8 characters long

Of course, you should always make your password something that you will remember and be careful where you store it.

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3 Responses to How Strong is Your Password?
  1. Excellent advice. Some of which I had listened to a week ago as I had a theft. My passwords are 8 digits or longer but all Alpha/numeric. Yes there were Caps but the idea of the @ and other keys is great.

  2. Hi CArolyn,

    good ideas, and I thought I would toss my two cents in: we also use 5 instead of “S” and 3 instead of “E” a lot of the time.

    Fair Winds,

    Pamela & Mack

  3. Best ideas. Thanks for sharing.


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