Keeping your information safe should be your priority when dealing with the internet, one of the simplest and most effective ways to do just that is by using secure passwords in any websites you use. Passwords that no computer program or individual will be able to guess easily. The password strength indicator was added to help you choose a secure password as you're creating your account.
Tips for creating a secure password:
Things to avoid:
- Include punctuation marks and/or numbers.
- Mix capital and lowercase letters.
- Include similar looking substitutions, such as the number zero for the letter 'O' or '$' for the letter 'S'.
Tips for keeping your password secure:
- Don't use a password you see on the internet.
- Don't use a password that contains personal information (name, birth date, etc.)
- Don't use words from a dictionary.
- Don't use keyboard patterns (asdf) or sequential numbers (1234).
- Don't make your password all numbers, uppercase letters or lowercase letters.
- Don't use repeating characters (aa11).
- Don't share your password.
- Never write your password down.
- Never send your password by email.
- Periodically change your password.