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Creating Strong Passwords

Strong passwords should:

  • Be at least six characters long. If you use a Macintosh on campus, limit your password to eight characters.
  • Include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and non-alpha-numeric marks ($, @, ~, #, &, etc).

Avoid the obvious:

  • Avoid your birthdate, your username, your Simmons ID number, your telephone number.
  • Avoid proper names or words that are in the dictionary. It is no longer sufficient to use a word and substitute zeros for o's or ones for l's.
  • Avoid any password that has been used as an example for creating a good password.

More Tips:

It may seem difficult to come up with a secure password that you can actually remember. Here are some memory strategies:

  1. Think of a sentence, take the first letter of each word, and use punctuation marks to substitute for one or more of the letters. For example:

    "The quick fox jumped over the lazy brown dog" might become:



  2. Compose your password by remembering a song that you misunderstood the lyrics to. For example:

    You may have misheard Jimmy Hendrix sing "Excuse ME while I kiss this Guy". So make your password:


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