Creating Stronger Passwords

One way to meet the suggested criteria for creating strong passwords is to mix special characters, upper and lowercase letters, and numbers, and associate them with a phrase or song titles. The following example demonstrates how you might do this:

Step 1 Choose a Phrase:
    Home of the University of Houston Cougars.

Step 2 Write down the first character of each word:
(To meet the 8 character minimum, Cougars was hyphenated as "C-s".)

Step 3 Substitute special characters and numbers to increase complexity:

NOTE: Choose substitutions that are meaningful to you; this makes it easier to remember.

Passwords should NOT be:

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