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What kind of password do you suggest I use?
My password is easy to remember, but I'm not certain it's very secure. What would you recommend I do to make it more secure? How do I change my password?

Why do I need to worry about my password?

Your password is the first line of defense to protect your account from any unsavory characters who may wish to do your site harm. Without a well thought out, secure password, the contents of your site are at risk. What can someone do? They could potentially read your email, send mail from your account (which would show up under your name for whoever reads it!), delete your web site, or even make minor or major alterations which could ruin your site's reputation. Despite all the stories of computer intruders cracking tight security on the 'net, the majority of intrusions are due to easily guessed passwords.

Suggestions

There are a few rules to keep in mind when you create a password:

1. Never use your username as your password, or even a portion of it.
2. Never use the same password twice.
3. Combine letters and numbers to make your password harder to guess.
4. Mix upper and lower case letters to ensure tight security.
5. Do not share your password with anyone.
6. The longer the password, the better. We recommend at least 6 characters.
7. Try not to use words from the dictionary in your password.

With these tips in mind, you can create a difficult to guess password at ease. It may be a bit more difficult to remember, but it's worth it to maintain the integrity of your account.

Changing My Password

If you ever need to change your password, you can do so from the 'Passwords' option from your web admin panel, underneath the 'Users' tab. You can make alterations from the panel here:

      https://panel.dreamhost.com/

Last updated: May 23, 2002.

User Post (2005-08-23 16:03:08 by arcadegirls)
I agree, emailing us our passwords in plain text is just silly, especially given that many people don't use SSL when checking their email. (I do, but not everybody does)
User Post (2005-05-17 00:50:31 by pmullen)
What use is a good password where it seems that it's always emailed to you in plaintext? Is there a way to turn off the email password when changing "feature"?
User Post (2004-09-01 14:06:14 by greenpen)
See:
http://world.std.com/~reinhold/diceware.html

This page describes a method for generating good random passwords that are easy to remember. All you need is their word list, and some dice.