Choosing a Password you can Remember

Things to be Mindful Of

  • Select a password that is not based on personal information like your name, username, or other easily discoverable information. Think about what's on your Facebook Profile, Linkedin...etc.
  • Try to create passwords longer than 6 characters long.
  • Use letters of different cases, mixtures of digits and letters, and/or non-alphanumeric characters.

Recommended method for choosing passwords

William James College Recommends using the Sentence Method (Very Secure):

  1. Choose a sentence you can easily remember:
    • I have two pets: Charlie and Sunny.
    • I like to shop twice a day.
    • I work 15 minutes from home.
  2. Now take the first letter of each word, and include the punctuation. You can throw in extra punctuation, or turn numbers into digits for variety. The above sentences would become:
    • Ih2p:CaS.
    • Ilts2ad.
    • Iw15mfh.

This Method creates Very Secure passwords that are easy to remember.

Our systems will also support using the whole sentence(no spaces) as your password without abbreviating it.

Another password selection method

Combine Method (Secure):

  1. Choose two or more unrelated words such as:
    • windows8 & fun
    • Texas or bicycle
    • September & shelf
  2. Join the words with a non-alphabetic character or two.
  3. Make at least one change (for example, uppercase a letter or add another character) to one or more of the words, preferably within the word itself.

Resulting Passwords:

  • windows8+PhUn
  • T3xas/bicycle
  • Sep7ember&shelf

Please don't use any of the passwords above.

Writing Down Your Password

Please refrain from writing down your password and or giving it to others. If you do write it down, do not leave it in an unsecured area such as your monitor on under your keyboard.

  • Keep it somewhere only you have access to and where you would notice if it was taken or accessed.
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