What is a password?

What is a password?

A password is a security feature used on computers very much like a PIN (Personal Identification Number) used with your banking card at an ATM.  This website authenticates, that you are who you say you are, by matching your user id and your password, which uniquely identifies you.  Your user id is not secure and in fact will be displayed all over this site as you explore and utilize its features.  Your password is private and will never be displayed.  You should safeguard it like you do your PIN.

 A password should be chosen to be easy to remember, but not widely known by anyone else. Passwords should be at least 6 characters long, the longer the better, and contain both upper and lower case alphabetic characters along with numbers and punctuation.  But, remember you have to type it without making a mistake and it will not be displayed as you type it in.  Six to twelve characters is a good compromise.  When you are changing your password the website will indicate it strength.

 Passwords may contain any letters, numbers or punctuation marks except the period (.), comma (,) and piping character (|).  Upper-case letters (Shift + letter) and lower case letters are different characters in a password, so “banana” and “Banana” are different passwords.  If you are experiencing difficulty entering your password and believe you are entering it correctly, check your Caps Lock on your computer's keyboard; this is a common problem.

  For more information on choosing good passwords, Google “good passwords examples”.

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