Setting a password that is difficult for other people to guess is important.
To ensure that the password you set is difficult to guess, make sure that it:
• Is a complex combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
• Doesn't use personal information, such as:
- Your nickname or initials.
- The name of a child or pet.
- A birthday or anniversary of you or a loved one.
- Your address.
• Doesn't use typical strings of characters or words, such as:
- Easy to guess words or phrases (e.g. "password" or "iloveyou").
- Consecutive letters or numbers (e.g. "123456" or "abc123").
- Strings that follow the keyboard layout (e.g. "qwerty" or "1q2w3e").
Important: Your password must have eight or more characters and be a combination of at least three of the following types:
- Uppercase letters
- Lowercase letters
For the best online security, make sure not to recycle passwords, but rather to set and safely manage a different passcode/password for each online service you use.
Integrating password management software and OS features is another way to achieve secure password creation and management. If you use a password manager, you can easily auto-generate passwords and don't need to worry about memorizing all of the passwords that you've made.