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User ID and Password Guidelines

These guidelines will help you create a User ID and Password that’s easy to remember, but difficult for “outsiders” to guess.

User ID

The DOs:

  • Do: Use 6-20 alphanumeric characters.
  • Do: Mix letters (lower and uppercase) and numbers.

The DON’Ts:

  • Don’t: Use your name.
  • Don’t: Use spaces or special characters.
  • Don't: Share your information with anyone—-ever.

Password

The DOs:

  • Do: Use 8-20 alphanumeric characters.
  • Do: Use at least 1 alphabetic and 1 numeric character.
  • Do: Mix letters (lower and uppercase) and numbers.
  • Do: Make your User ID and Password two distinct entries.
  • Do: Use phrases that combine words (i.e., "AnAppleADay").

The DON’Ts:

  • Don’t: Use your name.
  • Don’t: Use your user ID.
  • Don’t: Use spaces or special characters.
  • Don’t: Use a single word that can be found in the dictionary.
  • Don't: Share your information with anyone—-ever.

Other suggestions:

  • Don’t use something readily identifiable, such as your name, birthday, spouse or child’s name, social security number, phone number, or street address. These can be traced directly to you and are easy for potential hackers to guess.
  • Don't use letters or numbers that are near each other on the keyboard (i.e. hjkl;) or that appear in a logical sequence (i.e. 123456 or abcdefg).
  • Choose a meaningful phrase with 6 - 8 words in it (e.g. we bought our home 9 years ago) and take the first character of each word to make your password: wboh9ya.
  • Insert two digits into a word (e.g. Decem51ber).
  • Replace the vowels or other letters in a short phrase with numbers or other alpha characters.
  • Misspell a word by dropping some letters or adding other alphanumeric characters, or make up crazy words using numbers instead of vowels or consonants.
  • Drop the vowels in a long word (e.g. 'corporation' would be crprtn). Even better, add some numbers (e.g. 2crprtn9).
  • Use your email address/screen name as your User ID.