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A Quick Guide to Creating STRONG PASSWORDS

In order to protect your online accounts from being compromised, follow these simple rules for creating strong passwords. In this quick guide to creating strong passwords you will find information on

Do's and Don'ts in Creating Passwords

SecurePasswords.net offers these Do’s and Don’ts when creating passwords.

DO:

  • Pick a password you will remember.
  • Change your password regularly.
  • Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase characters.
  • Use punctuation marks and special characters such as #, $, %.
  • Use a password that you can type quickly without having to look at your keyboard. This makes it harder for someone to notice your password if they happen to be watching over your shoulder.
  • Use a password with 8 or more characters. More is better.
  • Create different passwords for different accounts and applications.

DON'T:

  • Write your password down.
  • Make obvious choices like your last name, first name, nickname, birthdate, spouse name, pet name, make/model of car, or favorite expression.
  • Choose your username as your password.
  • Share your password with anyone. Once it is out of your control, so is your security.
  • Use a word contained in English or foreign language dictionaries, spelling lists or commonly digitized texts such as the Bible or an encyclopedia.
  • Use an alphabet sequence (lmnopqrst), a number sequence (12345678) or a keyboard sequence (qwertyuop).
  • Use a password shorter than six (6) characters.
  • Use a word spelled backwards.
  • Use a password of all digits, or all the same letter.
  • Use the same password for more than one system or website.
  • Use numbers in place of letters. For example, "Password" becomes "Pa55w0rd." Dictionary programs are also equipped to combat this technique.
  • Use dates to create a password (for example, AUguST2001).
  • Re-use any of your last 10 passwords.
  • Provide your password — or any of your sensitive or confidential information — over e-mail or instant message. It can be forwarded to other people without your knowledge or consent.
  • Use sample passwords given on different websites.

How to Create a Strong Password

Bleeping Technologies published the following simple but powerful guide to creating a strong password. The site recommends creating a sentence you can remember, but that others would not know.

For example, "everyone loves to earn money for free but I don’t."
  • Change some words to numbers like to = 2 and for= 4.
  • Now the sentence will look like: Everyone loves 2 earn money 4 free but I don’t.
  • Select the starting letter from each word to make your password.
    1. everyone loves 2 earn money 4 free but i don’t: el2em4fbid
  • Now capitalize the First and Last letter.
  • Original password: el2em4fbid.
  • After Capitalization: El2em4fbiD (you can capitalize the last two or as you wish).
  • Add special characters like !@#$%^&* etc.
  • Our password looks like El2em4fbiD. Now add special characters after the last letter and before the first letter (Use the home and end buttons to move from last letter to first).
  • !El2em4fbiD?
  • It's done! Our final password is !El2em4fbiD? A simple yet effective method.

A quick look at the process:

  • everyone loves to earn money for free but i don’t
  • el2em4fbid
  • El2em4fbiD
  • !El2em4fbiD?

Checking your Password Strength
Once you have created your password, check how easy or hard it would be for an automated system to figure out your password by visiting Howsecureismypassword.net.

To update your Aristotle password, contact Aristotle Technical Support
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