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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:56 pm    Post subject: Change your cPanel password - the first thing you should do! Reply with quote

Change your password in cPanel.

Once you have received your account information, you should log into your control panel (cPanel) and change the password we gave you to one that you prefer. However, we've heard of users using very simple and easy to guess passwords - this is a bad thing.

The guidelines are that it should be complex enough to not be easily guessed. Passwords such as doodle, biscuit, handle25, 3w4ysup are simply to simple. A good password should include upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers. A password like G4eL&w%D is a good password (although you may find it hard to remember at first, in time it will become very easy to remember with use).

The guidelines given on the change password page of cPanel represent very good advice as well (you can get to the change password page by using the 'Change Password' link in cPanel) ...

Protect your password:

Don't write down your password, memorize it. In particular, don't write it down and leave it anywhere, and don't place it in an unencrypted file! Use unrelated passwords for systems controlled by different organizations. Don't give or share your password, in particular to someone claiming to be from computer support or a vendor unless you are sure they are who they say they are. Don't let anyone watch you enter your password. Don't enter your password on a computer you don't trust. Use the password for a limited time and change it periodically.

Choose a hard-to-guess password:

Our system will try to prevent you from choosing a really bad password, but it isn't foolproof; create your password wisely. Don't use something you'd find in a dictionary (in any language or jargon). Don't use a name (including that of a spouse, parent, child, pet, fantasy character, famous person, or location) or any variation of your personal or account name. Don't use accessible information about you or your environment, such as your phone number, license plate or social security number. Don't use a birthday or a simple pattern, such as backwards, followed by a digit, or proceeded by a digit. Instead, use a mixture of upper and lower case letters, as well as digits or punctuation. When choosing a new password, make sure it's unrelated to any previous password. Use long passwords (say 8 characters long). You might use a word pair with punctuation inserted, a pass phrase (an understandable sequence of words), or the first letter of each word in a pass phrase.

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