Picking a good password

  • February 4, 2024

Picking a good password:
Creating a unique password helps stop someone from breaking into your Google account. Here are a few tips for creating a good password, and keeping it safe:

  • Be creative. Don't use words that can be found in a dictionary.
  • Use at least eight characters.
  • Don't use a password that you have used elsewhere.
  • Don't use keyboard patterns (asdf) or sequential numbers (1234).
  • Create an acronym. Don't use a common one, like NASA or SCUBA. Combine it with numbers and punctuation marks.
  • Include punctuation marks and numbers. Mix capital and lowercase letters.
  • Include similar looking substitutions, such as the number zero for the letter 'O' or $ for the letter 'S'.
  • Include phonetic replacements, such as 'Luv 2 Laf' for 'Love to Laugh.'
  • Don't make your password all numbers, all uppercase letters, or all lowercase letters.
  • Find ways of collecting random letters and numbers, such as opening books, looking at license plates or taking the third letter from the first ten words you see.
  • Don't use repeating characters (aa11).
  • Don't use a password that is listed as an example of how to pick a good password.

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