Create a strong password

Using a strong password is the best and easiest way to make sure your account stays secure. Here are some tips to help you create a great one.

Strong passwords will...

Have 12 or more characters

Longer passwords are more secure.

Not be obvious

Don't use personal information like your name, your Yahoo ID, birthday, or passport ID number.

Avoid sequences or repeated characters

Examples: abcdefg, or adjacent characters on your keyboard (QWERTY).

Be different than your password for other sites

Otherwise, if someone acquires that one password, they could use it to access your accounts with other sites.

Additional password tips

Keep your password safe

  • Keep it fresh - Change your password regularly; at least once a year. The more often, the better.
  • Keep it secure - Keep a record of your passwords in a safe place.
  • Don't share it - Never give out your password to anyone, not even friends.
  • Don't recycle them - Create new, unique passwords. Never re-use one from the past or use the word "password."
  • Use antivirus software - Equip your computer with antivirus software.
    • Even if you have a secure password, a computer virus can allow someone to compromise it.
  • Be careful - If you get an email asking you to change your password or provide any personal information, be cautious, even if it appears to come from a legitimate company.
    • Type it in yourself - Rather than clicking a link in such an email, type the site's URL into your browser's address bar.
  • Look for - Only type your sign-in information for Yahoo products into sites that end with "".

Tips for mobile devices

  • Lock it - Many devices can be locked so that the only way to use them is to type in a code or password.
    • Without a lock, lost or stolen devices can easily be used to access your personal information, make calls, or send texts that look like they're coming from you.

If the password you choose is one of the top most common or simple passwords, it'll be considered vulnerable to hackers.

  "Your password is weak" - If you follow these guidelines and still get a message that says your password is weak or too easy to guess, add another few letters.