Password Advice

This article provides tips for crafting a good, secure password. But let's start by explaining how you can change your password yourself (if you're already a registered user).

There are two ways to do that change. One way is to go to the login box when you are logged out and click on Forgot your Password? link. IF you enter the email we have on record for your username, then we'll send you a link at that email address for you to use to reset your password.

The other way is to go to your "edit profile" page. Start at the pulldown menu attached to your username at the top right corner, and click on the View/Edit My Profile link. Then you'll then need to click on the Edit Profile option in the menu bar above your name on your profile page. Once you are on the Edit Profile page, scroll down to find the Password section. Since you're logged in, clicking on the Change Password link will produce a dialog box that prompts you to supply your current and your new password.

Now let's discuss some strategy behind creating a strong password.

Password writing can be intimidating. People tend to think that a random string of letters and numbers is a super-secure password that nobody could guess. For example, people assume that the password "Ab13gU7" is super secure. No one's going to guess that password, but if someone's running a decryption utility, they'll crack that password in about three hours. In contrast, if your password was "Whirled Peas" it would take someone with your basic desktop PC about two million years to crack. If a website lets you use it, the space key is your best friend in the world.

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That's why we need to stop thinking of passwords and start thinking of passphrases. Song lyrics or poetry snippets shot through with symbols and numbers are a great place to go. In contrast to whirled peas, the password "@11Uneedislove" would take about 32 billion years to crack. That's without spaces. When you type it as "@11 u need is love" it'd take a modern desktop about 560 sextillion years to crack it.

Don't use dictionary words, and don't use a long string of letters and numbers that you can't remember. Use a phrase.

Spaces are your friend, but so are symbols and numbers. Here are some ways to replace letters with symbols and numbers to help you write an easy to remember pass phrase:

*Go to the link to read more http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/12/1109104/-How-to-Write-Pass...

*How to avoid writing passwords: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/13/1109324/-How-to-AVOID-writ...