CyberScrub Network Products
Establishing a Quality
Is My Password Secure?
Tips for Designing Password
How to Create a Strong
How to Keep Your
External Password Links
Simple Password Practices
Keep PC and Online
US Department of
Password Security: A
Guide for Students,
Faculty, and Staff of
the University of
Developing a Sensible
for Computing Services
"Best Practices" for
securing individual user
A collection of information
and resources specifically
focused on computer security,
data destruction, document
life-cycle solutions, compliance
and password management
Auto Form Filler
How to Create a Strong Password: Checklist
A password is required to access various websites and programs so the stronger the password
the higher level of security you will attain. A breakdown in password security could lead to
criminals raiding your bank or brokerage account, identity theft, ruining your credit, posting
email or chat messages in your name, accessing remote drives that contain business plans, tax
returns and more.
It is relatively easy to create strong, secure passwords by following a few simple guidelines.
You may of course use the built in password generator in
CyberScrub KeyChain Password Manager to automatically generate
any number of secure passwords.
A strong password should meet these requirements:
- Your password should be at least 10 characters long. The longer the password the more
difficult it will be to crack.
- You should try to include numbers, letters and symbols. However under no circumstances
use sequential values (such as 123456, abcdef or sequential keyboard keys such as asdfgh).
Another thing to avoid is using a repeating character (such as 777777). It is never a good
idea to use a common word and simply replace a letter. For example, “ameri7a” is not a sound
idea. These tricks are well known to hackers.
- Try to make your password easy to remember, but at the same time difficult for others to
guess. Stay away from your birthday, partner’s or child’s name or user name. Also stay away
from words found in any dictionary. There are tools that will check each and every word
(and variations of each word, such as spelling it backwards). This is referred to as a "brute
Here are a few tips for creating a qualified password:
- Think of a phrase, such as a song lyric. An example may be: "For he's a jolly good fellow".
- Now take the first letter of each word: fhajgf
- Make every other letter lower case: FhAjGf
- Now add some numbers and special characters to the front and back: 7$FhAjGf#2
Remember- you can use the built in password generator in
CyberScrub KeyChain Password Manager
to automatically create strong secure passwords.