Managing your email passwords (part 1)
(Email Tip #20: Taming the Password (Part 1)
Passwords may be annoying but they are a powerful key to maintaining secure records. Even if you can’t imagine why anyone would want access to your personal files, hackers often gain access simply out of curiosity or the challenge. A few guidelines when creating a password will increase your email and system security:
Avoid using family names or pet names.
Do not use real words.
When possible, mix characters and cases -- upper and lower, ampersands (&) and percentage marks (%), for example.
Summary: Do not use personal information as a password name, avoid real words in your password, and mix characters for greater security.