What password should I choose?

There are few simple rules you can follow in order to select a good password:

  • Use secure passwords for your accounts. A secure password is the one that can not be easily guessed. For example “123456” is not a secure password, but “1qA34fRm5” can be considered secure.
  • Don’t tell your password to anyone. Remember, your password identifies you in the network. If anyone else knows it he/she can use your account.
  • Don’t write your password on a sticky note or other easily reachable place where everybody can see it.
  • Change your password from time to time.

A good password is a balance: it must be easy enough to remember, but complex enough to resist guessing by others. Here are several examples of how a few simple characters and numbers can achieve this:

OK Password:Better Password:Excellent Password:
kitty1Kitty1Ki77y
susanSusan53.Susan53
jellyfishjelly22fishj3lly22fish
smellycatsm3llycat$m3llycat
allblacksa11Blacksa11Black$
usher!usher!ush3r
ebay44ebay.44&ebay.44
deltagammadeltagamm@d3ltagamm@
ilovemypiano!LoveMyPiano!Lov3MyPiano
SterlingSterlingGmail2014SterlingGmail20.14
BankLoginBankLogin13BankLogin!3
ShelbyShelbyPass1Shelby.Pass1.
RolltideRollTide%RollTide%.%

We don’t want to make you a paranoid. These rules are simple and easy to follow, but it’s up to you to choose.