Many people find a "passphrase" easier to remember than a nonsense password
and there is significant evidence that a randomly chosen
passphrase is more secure as well.
Below is a suggested randomly generated passphrase.
Enter your choice for a new password here.
As you enter your password a measure of its strength will be displayed.
Once your new password meets at least the bare minimum
strength requirement, you can enter it a second time below.
Just like computer graded tests,
sometimes it is easier to find the wrong answers than the right ones.
Our password grader finds the obvious wrong answers,
but it is up to you to find the right one.
Score yourself -- Your password should contain:
If you answered these three questions right, score an A+.
You need to enter your new password exactly the same twice
to make sure you didn't mistype it.
This field will be unlocked as soon as your first entry
of your new password meets the bare minimum strength requirement,
(a grade of D-).
Once your second entry exactly matches the first
you will be able to set your new password.
The current minimum requirement for a password
-- at least 8 characters of 2 or more classes (upper/lower/digit/punct)
-- is just that, a minimum, offering minimal protection.
While we can help you to gauge the strength of your password,
we can not guarantee the security of even
an A+ graded password.
A seemingly strong password can be seriously compromised if it can be tied
to you some way (e.g., "1600 Pennsylvania Ave."
would be an extremely poor choice if that was your address).