If you travel a lot with your laptop or use it in an
unsecured area, you should definitely add a secure password to your
account in Windows, and change it regularly.
To change your password, open the Control Panel
from the Start menu and then choose the User Accounts icon; if
necessary, click your account's image to bring it up. Then choose
either Create a Password or Change Your/My Password to add or update
a password on your account. Follow the directions on the screen for
entering or deleting your password.
Here are some things to keep in mind when creating
If you're serious about
protecting your computer's data, get a serious password. The
computer jockeys like to call it a strong password. That
usually involves two unique and often unrelated words plus some
numbers — for example, something like ibrake4cats.
Two words are necessary
because password-cracking programs simply skim through the
dictionary and a list of common names.
Unrelated or nonsensical
words work best together. Indeed, easterparade is a poor
password choice; easterllama is better.
Numbers are good because
they add an element of unpredictability to the password. Avoid
something like your address, though: 1600pennave isn't as good
Avoid using symbols other
than numbers and letters in your passwords. They may not be
accepted in some instances.
When you have trouble
remembering your password, write it down, but not on a note
stuck to your computer! Write it on your kitchen calendar or in
your address book. Random words and numbers there may not mean
anything to casual onlookers, but it's helpful if you forget the
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