You can create a password with different levels of security: good or strong. Your decision can make a huge difference in protecting your account from dangerous hackers and annoying spammers.
Tips for creating a secure password
- We require passwords that contain a minimum of six characters and contain both letters and numbers.
- Use special characters like punctuation marks.
- Include similar looking substitutions such as the number zero for the letter 'O' or '$' for the letter 'S.'
- Use phonetic replacements. For example, use "2day" for "today."
Passwords to avoid
- Don't use the same word as your username.
- Don't use a password that contains personal information like your phone number, social security number, or birthdate.
- Don't use any word that can be found in the dictionary, including foreign words.
- Don't use the name of friends, spouses, children, or pets.
- Don't use the keyboard patterns (asdf) or sequential numbers (1234).
- Don't use passwords with repeating letters or numbers (e.g. aa, 11)
Tips for keeping your password secure
- Never tell your password to anyone.
- Never write your password on paper or keep a list of passwords as a text document on your computer.
- Never send your password by email or instant message.
- Change your password periodically.