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 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".
- 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.