How can I create a secure password that I can remember?

Password security is very important in particular situations, and secure passwords can be difficult to remember. Any time you are accessing data that contains personally identifiable information (PII) such as your social security number, credit card information, and/or banking information, you will want to use your most secure passwords. Since your FSUID username and password are used to access OMNI and Blackboard and possibly other systems on campus including your email, this password should be secure. And because FSU does not require you to change your password on a regular basis, it is even more important to have a secure password.

NOTE: Your new password must be different from the last TEN passwords used.
A very secure password should contain the following:

• at least 12 characters
• a mixture of UPPER and lower case letters
• numbers and special characters

A very secure password should NOT contain the following:

• any word found in a dictionary
• any personal info such as your name, phone number, SSN, license plate, address, family or pet names
• numbers or special characters placed only at the beginning or end of a known word
• keyboard strings such as "qwerty" or "34567"
• double words such as "passwordpassword"

So, with all these restrictions how do you create a password that you can remember?
The best way is to come up with a sentence that you can remember and do one of two things with that sentence:

• Your sentence should contain at least 12 words and numbers. Use the first letter of each word as a letter, number, or special character that looks like the letter. For example, Mc!nS&hh2e&4l looks like a randomly generated password but the sentence behind it is "My cat is named Snoop and he has 2 ears and 4 legs".
• Your sentence can be a "passphrase" by typing the whole sentence with spaces and punctuation. For example, "My cat likes 2 eat!" with or without the quotation marks. Although this contains dictionary words, there are many of them with spaces and punctuation and this creates complexity.
• OR use a random password generator and create a sentence to go with it

And more recommendations for security of your data, identity, credit cards and banking:

• Don't use your FSUID password for other accounts
• Don't write your password down and leave it under your keyboard or taped to your monitor
• Don't give your password to anyone else. If you do give it out for some very important reason, change it as soon as possible

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