Create a Strong Password

Password Guidelines

Information Technology recommends that passwords you create should:

  1. Be at least 8 characters long.
  2. Contain a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.
  3. Contain no dictionary words.
  4. Contain no common dates or numbers (such as your birthday, social security number, ID number).
  5. Contain no personally-identifiable information (i.e., your name, names of relatives or friends, your hometown, your pets, etc.)
  6. Be easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.

Computer passwords guard a variety of information, including financial records and other sensitive personal data. They also serve to protect your identity and reputation by keeping others from accessing your email and instant messenger accounts.

Note:

If you are creating a password for a gaming device, it is highly recommended that you NOT use your CedarNet password. A compromise of your gaming password will create significant security risks if it is used for your school accounts as well.

Additional Resources

For step-by-step information on creating a strong and memorable password, refer to Microsoft's security article .

Also, try out Microsoft's password checker to see how strong your passwords are!

Article Reference:  "Strong Passwords: How to create and use them," March 22, 2006.  Available online from: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/password/create.mspx

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