Passwords with symbols and numbers

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This tip was submitted to the searchSecurity Tip Exchange by user Kevin Zick. Let other users know how useful it is by rating the tip below.

To keep users from writing down their passwords, I've always tried to incorporate numbers and symbols in passwords. If they want to keep it simple, then use a favorite name or whatever, just substitute a letter for a number. For example, Steve would come out as St3v3. Or, happiness would look like this: h@pp1n3ss. This is easier for the users to remember, and it's worked fairly well.


This was first published in October 2001

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