Password Best Practices
Online Metals requires your password be a minimum of six characters long. However,
we suggest you make it longer than that.
To help keep your password and account secure, here are some best practices to follow.
- Use a passphrase instead of password. String together multiple words to make a phrase that's easy for you to remember but challenging to guess. A favorite line from a book or movie, or the punchline of your favorite joke are some good inspiration.
- A longer password is better than a short one. 8-10 characters is considered the bare minimum.
- Include a mixture of numbers, capitals and lower-case letters, and special characters such as @ # &.
- Don't use personal info passwords. Ie. your high school mascot, your SSN, your mother's maiden name, or the street you grew up on. This information is often public, and if it’s not but the hacker guesses it correctly, they now also have some of your private information.
- Don't use words in the dictionary, or if you do, replace letters with other characters so it's spelled incorrectly. Many hacking programs have lists of popular words from the dictionary and just enter those. If it’s not a word in there, the odds of the computer guessing it are much lower.
- Don't use your name or email.
- Never use “password” “secret” or “user”. Those are typically the first three guesses made by hackers.
- Avoid simple adjacent keyboard combos, such as qwerty, 12345, or asdzxc.
- Don’t use the name of the website as the password, such as “onlinemetalslogin”.
- Never share your password with anyone!