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Password Tips

Please see the tips below for making good passwords.

Mount passwords must be at least eight characters long, but the longer the better because longer passwords are harder for hackers to crack.

Mount passwords must contain at least one number, one upper case, and one lower case letter.

Adding special characters (like !@#$%^&*()-=_+) help too.

Apgle117 is a reasonable password, but Iw1shf0r1M1ll! (I wish for 1 Million!) is an example of a password that is fairly easy to remember, meets all requirements, and is more secure.

Longer passwords are stronger passwords, so instead of basing your password on one word, base it on multiple words, or a passphrase.

String together four words that have meaning to you, but not to other people. Then capitalize some letters, add a number, and some special characters, and, presto.

For instance, you could use "Robie", "pug", "Alberta", and "coffee" to make "RobiePugABcoff33*.  It would take a computer 93 trillion years to crack that password. 

 Choose something that you will remember and do not have to write down.

Don't write it down, use a password manager app instead.
Simple dictionary words or any part of your username should not be used to make your password.

If you re-use a password for multiple accounts, if someone gets your password, they can log into all accounts.

Password managers help keep them unique.

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Never tell your password to your parrot.
They allow you to store all your credentials in one place, and make it easy to have unique passwords for each app or site.

There are many products available, and some are free. To find the password manager for you, just Google "best password manager" to find reviews.

Note: Because you are putting all your passwords in one basket with a password manager, make sure your master password for it is strong and long, and enable the extra security features like two factor/step authentication.

Two factor authentication (also known as two step authentication) requires you to verify your identity twice.  This additional authentication step might require you to enter a code sent by text message, or enter a response to an app on your phone, in order to log in or complete a payment. 

This makes it harder to break into your account even if someone had your password. 

Many companies like Gmail, Apple, and PayPal offer this option.

 The How Secure Is My Password app allows you test how strong a password would be.