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An Easy Way to Create a Strong Password

Did you know that January 28 is Data Privacy Day? In recognition of the day why not update your password using this tip to help you create a password that is long and strong.

When creating a password, avoid choosing things that are easily discovered about you, like names of relatives or pets, names of streets or towns where you've lived, names of schools you've attended, etc.

Here's a popular method for choosing a strong password and is easy to remember:

  • Think of a line or two from a favorite song or a poem, and use the first letter of each word.
  • Use numbers to replace a couple of letters: '1' looks like an 'I', '2' looks like a 'Z', '3' looks like a backward 'E', '4' looks like an uppercase 'A', '5' looks like an 'S', '6' looks like a lowercase 'b', '7' looks like an upside-down 'L', '9' looks like a lowercase 'g', and '0' looks like an 'O'.
  • Add a punctuation character somewhere.

For example,

  • In Step 1, "I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener" becomes "IwIwaOMw".
  • In Step 2, we can replace an 'I' with a '1' and the 'O' with a '0' to get "Iw1wa0Mw".
  • Finally, in step 3, we add an exclamation point to get our final password, "Iw1wa0Mw!"

For this an other helpful tips about information security, please visit our Security Handbook