Tuesday, May 23, 2006

How to Choose a Good Computer Username?

 

Pick a username and e-mail address that's easy to remember - for you and for others.
Steps:
1.  Choose a name that's easy to spell, type and remember.
 
2. Keep it simple and more or less free of special symbols.
 
3. If you'll be using the name to receive e-mail for professional purposes, stick with permutations of your name: mjones, yang36, monica_velasquez and so on.
 
4. Try "fun" names for a strictly personal account, but keep them short and sweet so people aren't misspelling them or forgetting them all the time: mamabear, cookiebaker and so on.
 
5. Use your ZIP code to add a number to your username, if you need to do so: smith60615 or ngo_90814, for example. (Some popular ISPs and free e-mail systems have so many subscribers that it's impossible to get your first choice of name, so they suggest adding a number to the end.) You'll remember it, at least, if no one else will.
 
6.  Avoid using profanity of any kind in your username. Many systems have an "autokill" function that will automatically and instantly terminate your account if it detects an inappropriate username. Review the system's terms of service for more information.

7.  NEVER USE WORD AS A PASSWORD. No such words that's found in Dictionary be used!

 

How safe is your password?

The first step in protecting your online privacy is creating a safe password - i.e. one that a computer program or persistent individual won't easily be able to guess in a short period of time. To help you choose a secure password, we've created a feature that lets you know visually how safe your password is as soon as you create it.

Tips for creating a secure password:
Include punctuation marks and/or numbers.
Mix capital and lowercase letters.
Include similar looking substitutions, such as the number zero for the letter 'O' or
'$' for the letter 'S'.
Create a unique acronym.
Include phonetic replacements, such as 'Luv 2 Laf' for 'Love to Laugh'.


Things to avoid:
Don't use a password that is listed as an example of how to pick a good
password.
Don't use a password that contains personal information (name, birth date, etc.)
Don't use words or acronyms that can be found in a dictionary.
Don't use keyboard patterns (asdf) or sequential numbers (1234).
Don't make your password all numbers, uppercase letters or lowercase letters.
Don't use repeating characters (aa11).
Tips for keeping your password secure:
Never tell your password to anyone (this includes significant others, roommates,
parrots, etc.).
Never write your password down.
Never send your password by email.
Periodically test your current password and change it to a new one.

 

These were what you can get from your email client as email tips or FAQs.

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