To protect your privacy and the sensitive information stored within AMA Online Account, we encourage you to select a password that will not be easy for someone to figure out, either through human guessing or the use of automated cracking programs.
Keep the following tips in mind to select a password that will keep your personal information safe:
A strong password should:
- Be at least 8 characters in length. The longer your password the harder it will be for someone to guess. Consider a password that is 12 to 16 characters long. You can also choose 2 or 3 random words that you will easily remember, and write them without any spaces between the words (e.g., cupfanbook).
- Contain both upper and lowercase alphabetical characters (e.g., A-Z, a-z). Passwords are case-sensitive, so you can easily increase its strength by occasionally alternating your caps (e.g., hotPotatosbuRn).
- Include at least one numerical character (e.g., 0-9). Throw your numbers in the middle, since it's harder to guess or crack than those placed at the beginning or end of your password (e.g., Ho7PotatosbuRn).
A strong password should not:
- Spell a word that can be found in a standard dictionary. Dictionary words, even in a different language, can be easy to guess or crack (e.g., kitty, football, password).
- Be based on any personal information (e.g., user id, family name, pet, birthday). Even when combined with letters and numbers, it can be easy for someone who knows you or researches you online to guess (Maxine021565).
- Substitute look-alike numbers for letters in a word. Numbers substituted for letters in dictionary words can be easy to figure out (e.g., St3v3, L0ll1p0p).
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Additional password security tips
- Consider changing your passwords regularly. Changing your password to another strong password monthly or quarterly will make it even harder for someone to guess or break it.
- Keep your passwords unique. Don't make it easy for someone to gain access to your online accounts use a different password from site to site. Should one account get compromised, someone won't gain access to everything you do.
- Use a password manager. It can be overwhelming trying to remember all your passwords. Thankfully, there are lots of free or low-cost options for password management. Two good examples are LastPass or KeePass.
- Don't send your password to anyone in an email. AMA staff will never ask you for your password.
- Don't save your passwords or use "Remember Me" options when using a computer that's not yours. And make sure you log out or close your browser when you are done.