Because we recognize that everyone has trouble creating a good password that is easy to remember but not easy to guess we provide you with the following tips.
Consider using a passphrase which uses multiple natural words or phrases to construct the secret to be used during authentication. Examples are shown below:
Passphrases provide a good way to compose strong, lengthy passwords that are easier to remember, easier to type, and naturally complex. Existing brute force and dictionary attack techniques do not take passphrases into consideration, so passphrases are currently harder to crack than traditional passwords.
NOTE: Do not use any of the above examples as actual passwords/passphrases!
Developing your unique personal pattern is not difficult. Remember that it is important to change your password regularly. There is an old saying: a password is like a toothbrush, get the best quality, change it often and never ever let anyone else use it.
Approved by the Chief Information Officer, November 18, 2008.