Strong passwords are important protections to help you have safer online transactions.
Keys to password strength: length and complexity
An ideal password is long and has letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers.
- Whenever possible, use at least 14 characters or more.
- The greater the variety of characters in your password, the better.
- Use the entire keyboard, not just the letters and characters you use or see most often.
Create a strong password you can remember
There are many ways to create a long, complex password. Here is one way that may make remembering it easier:
|What to do||Suggestion||Example|
|Start with a sentence or two (about 10 words total).||Think of something meaningful to you.||Long and complex passwords are safest. I keep mine secret. (10 words)|
|Turn your sentences into a row of letters.||Use the first letter of each word.||lacpasikms (10 characters)|
|Add complexity.||Make only the letters in the first half of the alphabet uppercase.||lACpAsIKMs (10 characters)|
|Add length with numbers.||Put two numbers that are meaningful to you between the two sentences.||lACpAs56IKMs (12 characters)|
|Add length with punctuation.||Put a punctuation mark at the beginning.||?lACpAs56IKMs (13 characters)|
|Add length with symbols.||Put a symbol at the end.||?lACpAs56IKMs" (14 characters)|