How to Select a password?

A password is an important part of our day-to-life and is vital to protect our data. The selection of the correct password is almost more important than with a password. Your password should be to find a standard word in a dictionary, because there are programs that randomly select words to try and hack a person to be forgotten.

You should also avoid using names that are brought in contact with you, because this would be easy for someone to guess. For example, if your partner is the name Pranil Chand, it would not be a good idea to use the password of the chand, because that would be very easy to guess for someone in your area. Other common passwords such as father, love, God and password should also be avoided.

Ideally a password should contain letters (both upper and lower case), numbers and symbols and should be between 8 – 14 characters long. There are some simple methods to use symbols within a word such as using the @ symbol instead of the letter “a”. An example could be h@pPy!d@ys519. You should try and select a password that you can remember so you do not have to write it down for someone else to find.

With so many things requiring a password these days it is often easy to use the same password for everything. This method should be avoided.

A password should be changed often; I would recommend that you change your password at least once a month. You can set a reminder in your calendar so you do not forget to do this important task.

Microsoft has a free password checker where you can enter a password to see if they feel that it is strong enough. You can do this at the following website: www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/password-checker.aspx

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