1.       When choosing a new password, make it six or more characters (eight is ideal), and have at least one shifted character (i.e., !@#$%&), one letter and one number.
2.       Do not use the same password for all of your private accounts.
3.       Never send passwords in an e-mail.
4.       Never write down usernames and passwords and leave them where they can be easily seen. 
5.       Never give out a password to another user.
6.       Lock your computer if you’re going to be away for more than a few minutes.
7.       Remember to change your passwords frequently. If you’re on a corporate network, ensure that a corporate password rotation policy is in place.


Need more convincing? Check out our latest article on Microsoft's crusade on dumb passwords