Security Guidelines for a Safe Password

The first step in protecting your online privacy is creating a safe password.

Follow these tips to keep your password safe:
  • Don't include personal information (first name, last name, birth date, etc.)
  • Make sure your user name and password are different
  • Change your password often
  • Make sure your new password isn't the same as your last 24 passwords
  • Never share your password with anyone
  • Never write your password down or email it to anyone
  • For security reasons, your password must include one of the following special characters: ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) { } [ ~
  • For security reasons, your password may not use:
         -  Abbreviated months or days of the week, like JAN, OCT, MON or TUE
         -  Repeating letters or numbers, like aaa111
         -  Letters or numbers in order, like abc123
         -  Special words, SYS, LOG, TSO, PAS, NEW, NET, ROS, XXX, SIGN, VTAM, DEMO, ASDF, 1234, BASIC, FOCUS, CADAM, VALID, GAME and APPL
         -  More than 5 numbers next to each other