Passwords are the first line of defense against break-ins to your online accounts and computer, tablet, or phone. Poorly chosen passwords can render your information vulnerable to criminals, so it’s important to make your passwords strong.
To help you create strong passwords, follow the same network security guidelines required of all Internet users
- Strong passwords are phrases (or sentences) at least eight characters long—longer is better—that include at least three of the following: uppercase and lowercase letters, numerals, punctuation marks, and symbols.
- Give passwords the thought they deserve, and make them memorable. One way is to base them on the title of a favorite song or book, or a familiar slogan or other phrase. (Don’t use the examples below!)
Example phrases: I love my new Xbox One
Example passwords: Ilove!mynewxbox1
- Don’t share passwords with others or store them on the device they’re designed to protect