Creating a Strong Password


Creating a Strong Password: The Song Method

Your password should be a minimum of 10 digits in length. It should include at least one of each: upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. It should contain no words or dates. Here is how you do it.

  1. Choose a song
  2. Choose lyrics
  3. First letter of each word
  4. Case
  5. Number
  6. Symbol

Follow these steps:

Choose a familiar song that you know the words to:
    For example, “Happy Birthday” (DO NOT choose this song!)
  2. Choose 8-10 words from the lyrics:
    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you (Eight word minimum. Ten is better!)
  3. Select the first letter of each word in your chosen phrase:
    Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you = hbtyhbty
  4. Add Upper and Lower Case Letters:
    Capitalize the letter at the beginning of each phrase
    Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you = HbtyHbty
  5. Add Numbers:
    What number does that letter look like? (b=6, B=8, S=5, g=9, E=3, i=1, L=1) Don’t use zero (0) or the letter ‘O’.
    Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you = H6tyH6ty
  6. Add Symbols:
    Add a slash or dash between phrases, an exclamation mark at the end, or something else you can remember.

Hooray! You’re done!

Read more about why you need to create a strong password here:
Do we really need strong passwords?

And here

If you have any questions about this process please contact or come see us at the Help Desk in Room 23.

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