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How to Choose a Good Password

Author:W. Brian Dill  
Show Until:2007-10-26

Good Passwords Are:

Bad Passwords Include:

Help In Creating A Good Password

I Can't Remember All Of My Passwords!

If you're like most people, you have dozens of passwords for various websites. I usually don't have trouble remembering the passwords that I use daily, but I almost always forget my password for sites that I rarely frequent. I had to write them down somewhere.

Bad: Writing passwords down on a piece of paper or sticky note and keep it next to the computer.
Worse:Making a text file called "passwords.txt" containing all your passwords. (or Word document or Excel file)
Worst:Using a trivial password so it is easy to remember. Ex: "pizza", "kitty", etc.

Solution: Use a secure tool designed to encrypt passwords such as KeePass. It's free, secure, and pretty easy to use.
* Many web-based logins don't allow the use of special characters for technical reasons.
** Of course this isn't always possible. If you share a bank account with your spouse, you are likely to share the password for the online banking account.

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