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How do I choose a strong password?

A strong password helps to protect your Lycos Mail account. A secure, memorable password should be easy for you to remember, and hard for others to guess. Here are some steps to creating a strong password:

1. Start With a Base Word Phrase. Choose a memorable catchphrase, quotation, or easy-to-remember saying, and take the first letter from each word. For example, a memorable quotation might be "I think therefore I am". Your base word phrase would be: ittia

2. Lengthen the Phrase. Make your passwords at least 6 characters long. Lengthen your password by adding the website name to the base phrase. This will also diversify your password. For example: ittialycos

3. Swap In Non-Alphabetic and Uppercase Characters. Include a combination of at least 3 upper and/or lowercase letters, punctuation, symbols, and numerals. The more variety of characters in your password, the better. For example: 1tt1@lyc0s

4. Change your password regularly. Rotate parts of the password, not the entire passwords. This will be easier for you to remember but still will help deter hackers from stealing your phrases.

 

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