Knowledgebase: Security & Abuse
How can I make a stronger password?
Posted by Pacific Host on 04 December 2011 03:48 PM

It is important to have a password that is easy to remember, but hard to guess.

Hackers can guess your password if it is a name or word from the dictionary.
The best password will contain the following:

  • At least two Capital letters
  • At least one lower-case letter
  • At least one number
  • At least two symbols

 

 

 

Writing down your password is the most common security risk.
But imagining and then remembering such a password can be difficult.

Ok, here is how to make great passwords.
  1. Start with a really simple word or name at least 6 letters long. I will use my name: pacifichost
  2. Change two letters to symbols that looks similar. Use $ for s, @ for a, ! for i, and so on: p@c!flch0st
  3. Change a letter to a number that looks similar. Use 1 for l, 0 for o, 8 for b, and so on: p@c1flch0st
  4. Include two Capital letters, like this: P@C1flch0sT
Great! Now you have a password that is easy to remember, but hard to guess.

It is acceptable to make a few different passwords and reuse them for different sites and devices. Just be sure that you don't reuse your most important passwords.
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