The best practice is to use passwords that are difficult to guess by another
person, or by a hacker using a computer program to scan your passwords. Here
are a couple goals to keep in mind:
Your password should contain upper and lower case characters, a number,
a special character (!@#$%^&*.), and be at least 8 characters long.
The password for each website you access and each PC you use should be
unique. If a hacker guesses one of your passwords, that won't be able
to access all of your information.
The passwords should be easy to remember.
Password Model #1: Use two words separated by a special charachter and
a number. Sometimes websites won't accept a special character, or require an
upper case character. These passwords have been tested with hacker tools that
use a dictionary to guess passwords and the passwords have not been cracked. These
passwords are easy to remember, but it is harder to make each website password
unique. Two characters from the website name could be used to make the password
unique (e.g. the First and Last characters).
Unique website password using First and Last website name characters:
Website = www.google.com, Password= world4peaceGE
Password Model #2: Use a password that is made of two capitalized words;
followed by a number, a special character, and the 1st character of the website
name. The basic components of the password will always be the same, but the
1st character of the website name will change. For example:
1st Word: Sun
2nd Word: Shine
Special Character: $
1st Character of website: g
Password Model #3: Use a password that is made of the first letters of
the words in a phrase; followed by a number, a special character, and the 1st
character of the website name. The basic components of the password will always
be the same, but the 1st character of the website name will change. For example:
Configure your browser to remember website passwords.Your browser can be
configured to remember your ID and password for websites you logon to. Overall
this is a good security feature to use, because it can prevent a common
attack known as a key-logger.
These links provide information for configuring Internet Explorer, Firefox,
and Chrome to remember website passwords: Internet Explorer Firefox Chrome
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