Creating Strong Passwords For Your Accounts
We highly recommend that you use a strong password for your
Web Hosting Account Control Panel, FTP access, and Email Accounts. This is
also good advice for any other online accounts that you may have, such as social
media, shopping, etc.
What is a Strong Password?
- Contains eight or more characters.
- Contains at least one letter, number, and symbol.
- Contains a mix of upper and lower case letters.
- Must not contain your account username.
- Cannot be the same as one of your last five passwords.
An example of a strong password: N0tMyD0gsN@m3!
Tips for Creating Strong Passwords:
- Use more than the minimum six characters, since longer passwords are
generally more secure than shorter ones.
- Use a mix of upper and lowercase letters.
- Use punctuation symbols, such as a period (.) or an
exclamation point (!).
- Replace some letters with numbers or symbols that look similar, such
as @ for "a" or 1 for "i".
- Avoid using common words or well known information about yourself,
such as birth date, family members' names, or pets' names.
- Use a mnemonic. A common method for creating strong passwords is to
create a phrase that you will remember. For example, a common
mnemonic used to help students remember the notes for the lines of
the G clef musical scale (EGBDF, from bottom to top) is "Every
Deserves Fudge." An associated password for that mnemonic could be:
Why is a Strong Password Important?
Having your account hacked can be a nightmare, and unfortunately, online
criminals have become very sophisticated at figuring out passwords. The suggestions we've made
for creating a strong password are much more effective at keeping your
account secure than using everyday words. Yes, we know everyday words are
easier to remember, but they are not secure. If you disregard
these suggestions and someone breaks into your account, you will undoubtedly wish you had
taken the proper steps - such as creating a strong password - to prevent it.