Use the following recommendations to strengthen passwords against unauthorized usage.
Security Requirements for Creating a Cox Password
Passwords used to log in to Cox email or account services must meet all of the following requirements.
- Be between 8 and 24 characters long
- Include both letters and numbers
- Not include any form of the word, "password"
- Not include any form of the email address or Cox user ID
Recommendations for Strengthening Passwords
Cox recommends using strong passwords to secure account information. Hackers have a difficult time breaking or stealing a password that meets the following conditions.
- Is between 15 and 24 characters long
- Includes one or both of the following
- At least one symbol or special character: !@#$%^*().
- Case-sensitive lettering, such as SaMpLe rather than sample.
- Includes none of the following
- Alphabetic series either forwards or backwards, such as ABCDEF or FEDCBA.
- Numeric series, either forwards or backwards, such as 123456 or 654321.
- Repeated letters or numbers, such as AAAAAA or 111111.
- Common keyboard groupings, such as ASDFG or QWERTY.
- Names or birthdays.
- Is developed from a passphrase sentence that only the account holder would know and can easily remember.
Example: Start with an expression, such as "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." Use the first letter of each word to form the password. In this example, the password would contain "yctaodnt," then add a numeral, special character, and capitalization to get "4ycTaodnT!."