Tips for Creating Secure Passwords

Passwords should always be at least eight (8) characters, composed of the following:

  • Uppercase characters (A through Z)
  • Lowercase characters (a through z)
  • Digits 0 through 9
  • Non-alphabet characters (for example, !, $, #, %)

Choosing a secure password is critical to maintaining security. When choosing a password your primary objective is to make it difficult for anyone trying to crack your password to make educated guesses about what you've chosen. Passwords should contain at least six characters, and should include at least one numeric and special character (e.g. punctuation marks).

One way to form a good password is to pick some common phrase, then use the first letter of each word or syllable. For example, the phrase "a stitch in time saves nine" might produce the password "asitsn". This is short and easy for you as its selector to remember. For variety, add some uppercase letters and numerals, thus yielding "aSiTs9". Use our tool to create a password from a phrase.

A second method is to alternate between one consonant and one or two vowels, up to a total of eight characters. This provides you with nonsense words which are usually pronounceable and thus easily remembered. Examples include "routboo", "quadbop" and so on. Use our tool to create a pronounceable password.

A third method is to choose two short words and concatenate them together with a punctuation character between them. Examples of this type of password include "dog;rain", "book+mug", and "kid?goat". Use our tool to create a password of random words.