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Easy Ways to Use Complex Passwords

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: 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). Examples:
  1. world$4peace
  2. World$4Peace
  3. world4peace
  4. 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:
  1. Website:. www.google.com
  2. 1st Word: Sun
  3. 2nd Word: Shine
  4. Number: 44
  5. Special Character: $
  6. 1st Character of website: g
  7. Password: SunShine44$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:
  1. Website:. www.google.com
  2. Phrase: My daughters are beautiful
  3. 1st Letters of the Words in the Phrase: Mdab
  4. Number: 44
  5. Special Character: $
  6. 1st Character of website: g
  7. Password: Mdab44$g
This link provides additional ideas for password complexity:
Wiki Password Information

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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