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Tuesday Tech Tip–Passwords

The last tip of the year will help you prepare for next year… creating and remembering a strong password.  Generally, when we create passwords, we sacrifice complexity (and security) for a memorable password.  Here are a few ideas for remembering that strong, complicated password.

New network passwords must meet this criteria:

  • At least 6 characters
  • Can’t contain two consecutive characters from your name or username
  • Must contain three of these four categories:
    • Uppercase letter
    • Lowercase letter
    • Digit (0-9)
    • Non-alphabetic character (for example, !, $, #, %)

You can try something like this:

1.  Think of your favorite food, childhood pet, phrase from a movie, etc.  I’ll use “raspberry”
2.  Consider which letters could be substituted for symbols:
a = @, e = 3, i = !, y = >-, s = 5 or $
3.  Capitalize one or more letters and you’re done!

Some examples: R@spB3rrZ, ra$pIBerry, I<3beRez!

Here are some tips from Google about creating a strong password.

Run your password through a password-checker.

  • Sign into your GoogleApps account.
  • Click on your name in the upper right hand corner and choose Account Settings.
  • At the top you’ll see “Changing your password
  • Try your new password to see how strong Google rates it.  If you’re in the green, you’re good to go!
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