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Create a Strong Password

A strong password is one of the most important precautions you can take in protecting you and your information. Weak passwords are easily cracked, which could give a hacker access to your accounts, whether email, Banner, Workday, bank or other. A hack attack could result in someone stealing your identity, compromising your computer and enlisting it in a botnet that sends spam with your name, or committing a data breach of Brown's information, leaving you to deal with all the legal and financial repercussions.

The best way to make a password strong is to have one that is easy to remember but hard to guess. Here's an example of how you could balance both:

  1. Start with a word or short phrase and spell it backwards. For example: Turn Lake Placid into dicalpekal
  2. Use "l33t speak", substituting numbers for certain letters: dicalpekal could become d1calp3kal
  3. Randomly throw in some capital letters: d1calp3kal could become D1calp3Kal
  4. Don't forget the special character: Turn D1calp3Kal could become*D1calp3Kal!

Need another example? If you like musicals you might construct a password from the first line of the song "My Favorite Things", i.e., Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. The result may be something like this: RnDpzoRz&)(Nk10

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