How to Make A Secure Password

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A password, along with a user name, is a security measure that allows you access to a computer system, application, email service or online service. A password varies in length and can contain alpha as well as numeric characters and symbols. Short, simple words, phrases and numbers result in weak passwords that hackers and other individuals can simply guess. Once you have a secure password created, it is important to memorize it, but you can write it down.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Look at your computer or device's keyboard or keypad and all its letters, symbols and numbers. Think of a combination of letters, punctuation, symbols and numbers that is 10 to 14 characters or longer in length that has a specific meaning to you.

  • Write down the combination on a piece of paper. Write multiple variations of the combination of characters until you form a password that contains both upper and lower case letters, and numbers and symbols sprinkled throughout.

  • Look at the password and change it if it contains letters, characters or numbers that spell out a specific word or name, your birthday, Social Security number, driver's license or passport number.

  • Place a punctuation mark at the beginning of the password and a symbol at the end. Memorize or store the written password in a safe location where no one can obtain it and access your computer or accounts. If you are memorizing the password, shed or destroy the piece of paper containing your new secure password.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use the same password on multiple computers, websites and email services. Create a different secure password for each computer, online or email service.
  • Do not let your Internet browser, computer or application store your password. If someone gets on your computer, he can easily access your information or email service.

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