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Did you ever wonder how strong that password was you just created for your online bank account, Email address or your favorite new website.Well hereís a free online password checker from the folks at Microsoft, The Microsoft Password Checker. that will let you check the strength of your passwords.

Here are some tips to create a strong password.

  1. Your passwords should be 8 or more characters in length; 14 characters or longer is ideal.
  2. Combine letters, numbers, symbols and punctuation marks.
  3. Use upper and lower case letters.
  4. Use spaces or underscores.
  5. Think of a sentence or a phrase that’s easy to remember, then substitute some numbers and symbols for some the letters.
  6. Use the name of your favorite sports team, then the number of you favorite player then add the last 3 letters of the website you will use the password on. That way you can have an easy to remember password that will change with each use.

Example: steelers35kevinscrate = sTe_3#ate

I have been using a similar phrase for sometime now and its. It easy for me to remember and it changes with every place I use it

Or you can use a password generator like the one from GRC.com Very secure but just try to remember it. Or you can choose a Password Manager and there are hundreds of them on the web. I like RoboForm and KeePass

Password strategies to avoid:

  1. Avoid using your login name.
  2. Avoid sequences or repeated characters. “12345678,” “222222,” “abcdefg,”
  3. Avoid using Birthdayís of you family.
  4. Avoid dictionary words in any language.
  5. Avoid using the same password everywhere.

And one more thing keep your passwords SECRET

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