Guide for Selecting an E-Mail Password
Bad passwords are:
- Names of any of your family.
- Any word which appears in a dictionary
- Common first names, your surname, names of pets and literary characters
- Your userid or car registration number
- Any dictionary word slightly modified (e.g. by adding a number to the end, or changing I to 1)
- Simple sequences such as QWERTY, LETMEIN, the name of your department or group, or an obvious name spelt backwards
Guidelines for good password:
- Have both uppercase and lowercase letters
- Have digits and/or punctuation characters as well as letters
- Are easy to remember, so that they do not have to be written down
- Are eight characters long
- Can be typed quickly, so somebody cannot follow what you type by looking over your shoulder
- Two recommended techniques for choosing passwords which are hard to crack but possible to remember are:
- Choose a short sentence or phrase which makes sense to you (but is not a common saying or proverb), use its initial letters and then insert a number or punctuation in the string, like Not5fsw (None Of This Fancy Stuff Works)
- Take two or more short, unrelated words and put them together, inserting a number or punctuation at some point, like robot4My or Eye-coN
Having chosen your password, keep it safe - preferably in your head only. Never store it in text form on any computer system, and never leave a handwritten copy lying about; do not give your password to other people however trustworthy you believe them to be. We will never ask you to change your password to a particular word.
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