A strong password is your first line of defense against hacking. On the other hand, a weak password makes your private data extremely vulnerable. Here's what we recommend to ensure your safety on all your personal accounts:
Strength = Variety x Length
The shorter you make your passwords, the more complex they need to be to resist a brute-force hacking attempt. In fact, passwords shorter than 8 characters aren't safe at all, no matter the situation. Use the guidelines below to help you decide how much variety (symbols, letters, and mixed-case letters) you need in your passwords.
# of Characters
Types of Characters
|Use symbols, mixed-case letters, and numbers||Use mixed-case letters and numbers||Use mixed-case letters||Use whatever you want|
Creating a Long Password
Since longer passwords don’t have to include as many special characters to be strong, one excellent starting point for making a password is to pick four random words and simply type them out together. For example,
You can also go one step further by thinking of a personal memory or story that can be simplified into a passphrase. For example, the story “my dad bought me Tillamook ice cream for memorizing the U.S. capital cities” could become the following passphrase:
Password managers are third-party applications that encrypt and store passwords for you—either ones you've made, or auto-generated passwords that are highly hacker-resistant. You only need to remember one password to access the others your password manager keeps—but follow the tips on this page to make it a strong one, just in case!