Passwords: Be Creative

It is a recommended practice to change your network user password on a regular basis (at least once a year). When creating a new password, you should use a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters (uppercase and lowercase). But how do you make passwords that are both complex and easy to remember? To ensure security, be creative when setting your network user password. Here are some other ways to create a good password.

1. If you can't remember complex passwords no matter how hard you try, put your password in between symbols. For example, baseball38 is a weak password; however (Baseball38# is much better.

2. When you change your password, you should always change at least half of the characters to something new. For example, love2drive! could be used for the first 90 days and then you can switch to love2run# for the next 90 days.

3. You may also choose a line or two from your favorite song or poem, and use the first letter of each word. For example, "In Xanadu did Kubla Kahn a stately pleasure dome decree" becomes "IXdKKaspdd". Following the password policy of using a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters, the password then becomes "1XdKK@spdd".

4. Pick two words, split them in half and then join them back together with a symbol in between. For example using the words "society" and "exponential". The password then becomes "S0ci%Exp0n", again using a combination of letters (uppercase and lowercase) and replacing some letters with numbers or symbols.

5. Spell a word in reverse, for example, "ambulance" becomes "ecnalubma", then replace some letters with numbers or symbols, so the password then becomes "3cna1ubm@".

Information on how to change your password is on our website here