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Configuring: FatCow's password requirements

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When creating or changing your plan password (which is the same as your FTP/FrontPage password), FatCow requires that you use a "strong" password. Strong passwords meet the following criteria:
  • Contain six or more characters
  • Contain at least one letter and at least one number and at least one symbol.
  • Must be different than your plan username
  • Cannot be the same as one of your last five passwords

    Example:
    n0tDogsN@m3

 Change your password to a strong password today! Here are some tips for creating strong passwords:

  • Use more than the minimum number of six characters, since longer passwords are generally more secure than shorter ones.
  • Use punctuation symbols in your password, such as a period ( . ) or an exclamation point ( ! ), and a mix of upper and lowercase letters.
  • Replace a letter or two with a number or symbol that looks similar, such as @ for a or 1 for i.
  • Avoid common words or well known information about yourself (such as birth date and family members' names) as part of your password. Instead, use a word or phrase that is easy for you to remember but difficult for others to figure out.
  • Use a memory aid. One common method for creating strong passwords is to create a phrase that only you would understand to use as an aid for remembering your password (mnemonic). For example, a common mnemonic used to help school children remember the notes for the lines of the G clef musical scale (EGBDF, from bottom to top) is "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge." An associated password for that mnemonic could be gClef_3gbdf.
Why Create a Strong Password?
Online criminals are, unfortunately, very sophisticated at figuring out passwords. The strong password requirements enforced by FatCow create much more secure passwords than simple everyday words.
Updated 10/31/14


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