Password Creation Tips:

When thinking of a new password you’ll want something that’s easy to remember, but not easy to guess by having knowledge of you or your organization. Here are some general password practices on what to use and avoid:

General good password practices…
For the most secure passwords, you should include more than 15 characters, uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers.

General bad password practices…
The least secure passwords use personal information, organization information, single dictionary words, and are the minimum length.

For this reason, I have to advise against using first or last names, birthdates, pets names, car model, username, addresses, phone numbers, zip codes, library names, Destiny, Follett, and single words…especially those relating to reading, books, etc.

Also, you should never share your password.

One good strategy for password creation is to use a collection of words forming a phrase or a sentence, rather than a single word or a list of random letters, numbers, and symbols. It can be easier to remember, plus phrases and sentences add length to a password; which is one of the most important secure password requirements.

Generally, the longer your password is the less complex it needs to be. Which is great, since less complex passwords are normally easier to remember! For example: somanyBookssolittletime&!775 vs G7@b[i4$, I can tell you which one I would and wouldn’t remember.

If you need some password creation ideas, here are two examples of how to build a good password:

  1. Start with a favorite phrase:
    1. so many books so little time -> somanybookssolittletime
    2. there is no friend as loyal as a book -> thereisnofriendasloyalasabook
  2. If it’s too long for you, then simplify the phrase:
    1. somanybookssolittletime
    2. thereisnofriendasloyalasabook ->  tinfalaab
  3. Lengthen the phrase:
    1. somanybookssolittletime&1775
    2. tinfalaab#AllRecipes
  4. Add symbols and uppercase letters:
    1. somanyBookssolittletime&!775
    2. tinfalaaB#@11Recip3s
  1. Start with words that don’t make sense together:
    1. angry angora azaleas
    2. eloquent pokadot elephant
  2. Combine and add separators:
    1. angry.angora.azaleas
    2. eloquent#pokadot#elephant
  3. Add symbols and numbers:
    1. 11angry.@ngora.aza1eas
    2. e10quent#poka.#e1ephant
  4. Add uppercase letters:
    1. 11Angry.@ngora.Aza1eas
    2. e10quent#poka.#e1Ephant

While you shouldn’t use these exact passwords, hopefully they’ll give you some inspiration on creating a new, more secure, password.