How do I choose a good password?

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Your account password should be fairly long and shouldn't be guessable. At the same time, you need something that's easy to remember so you don't have to write it down.

When choosing a password you should:

Make it at least 8 characters long. Shorter passwords are easily cracked.
Use a mix of upper and lowercase letters.
Include numbers and punctuation, for example: , * > " / .
Choose a password you can type quickly. This guards against someone learning your password by watching you type it.

To create an effective password you should avoid using:

any word in the dictionary
two short words separated by a symbol, or numbers. Many password cracking programs check for this
any proper name especially the name of a geographical location or famous person
a sequence of letters from the keyboard, e.g. "qwerty" or "ujmnhy"
a sequence of numbers, e.g. "3456"
the first letter of each word in a phrase from a published book, song or poem (this used to be recommended to help remember passwords, but many cracking programs now check for this)
personal information in your password, like your social security number; birthday; address; phone number; employee or student ID; or the first or last name of yourself, family members, friends or pets
a password related to a favorite hobby, TV show, movie, song or celebrity (avoid any topic that people know you enjoy).