Password GuidelinesStrong Passwords are very important. Please follow these guidelines when creating or updating your Encyclopedia of Earth User Password:
- A best practice is to always use a password that is MORE THAN 8 characters long, with a mix of upper and lower-case, and at least one non-alphanumeric character such as: !@#$%^&*()
- Do NOT use “dictionary words,” which are any words accepted into the English lexicon, any word you might find in "Webster's" dictionary. That is, any human recognizable word, any alphabetic combination that is not random but that has meaning. It's a battle of what is easy for us all to remember, which in turn makes it easy for crackers to hack.
- Do NOT use common passwords, such as: Middle names, Names spelled backwards, Phone numbers, The word “password” or a derivative such as password1, Birthdays, Single or combination uses of love, god, sex, and money, such as lovemoney or sexgod, abc123, Your car license, letmein, yourname1, or default.
- A popular technique is to work with acronyms based upon a favorite phrase of music, poetry, or quote, or a simple sentence. For example, “Oh, I just can’t wait to be king” from the Lion King could be abbreviated as: OIJCWTBK, or better yet OiJcWtBk.
- For additional guidance, see “Strong passwords: How to create and use them” from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/password/create.mspx.