Hampshire IT has a password policy, which you can (and should!) read in full at http://www.hampshire.edu/computing/17299.htm. Here's a quick excerpt to get you started.
Poor, weak passwords have the following characteristics:
Strong passwords have the following characteristics:
So, how can you come up with a strong password? On the one hand, it should be something that can be easily remembered, so that you're not tempted to write it down or store it online. At the same time it should have those pesky characteristics of a strong password, which can seem somewhat daunting at first glance. It might seem like those are mutually exclusive characteristics, but they don't have to be.
One way to do this is create a password based on a song title, line from a movie, affirmation, or other phrase. For example, the phrase might be: "This May Be One Way To Remember" and the password could be: "TmB1w2R!" or "Tmb1W>r~" or some other variation. Whatever you do, if you start with something personal and unique, and then make it unidentifiable with your own coding, you'll end up with a great password.
Oh, and please don't use any of our examples!
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