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Create a secure, strong password

Protect yourself online. These password security best practices will help you create a strong and secure password.

Great passwords should...

  • Use upper and lower case letters, symbols, and numbers - The more varied your password is, the harder it is to guess. Use at least one number and one capital letter.
  • Have eight or more characters - Longer passwords are more secure.
  • Not be obvious - Don't use personal information like your name, birthday, or driver's license number.
  • Avoid sequences or repeated characters - Examples: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or adjacent characters on your keyboard (QWERTY).
  • Be different than your password for other sites - Otherwise, if someone acquires that one password, they could use it to access your accounts with other sites.

  Tip: See our password requirements for more info on creating a strong password.

Keep your password safe

  • Keep it fresh - Change your password regularly; at least once a year. The more often, the better.
  • Keep it secure - Keep a record of your passwords in a safe place.
  • Don't share it - Never give out your password to anyone, not even friends.
  • Don't recycle them - Create new, unique passwords. Never re-use one from the past.
  • Use antivirus software - Equip your computer with antivirus software.
    • Even if you have a secure password, a computer virus can allow someone to compromise it.
  • Be careful - If you get an email asking you to change your password or provide any personal information, be cautious, even if it appears to come from a legitimate company.
    • Type it in yourself - Rather than clicking a link in such an email, type the site's URL into your browser's address bar.
  • Look for yahoo.com - Only type your sign-in information for Yahoo products into sites that end with "yahoo.com".

Tips for mobile devices

  • Lock it - Many devices can be locked so that the only way to use them is to type in a code or password.
    • Without a lock, lost or stolen devices can easily be used to access your personal information, make calls, or send texts that look like they're coming from you.
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Last updated: April 02, 2014