Like many online services, Basecamp 2 requires you to choose a password when you sign up. Your password helps us be sure that we're not showing your information to anyone but you.
Unfortunately, hackers (or to be more precise, the programs hackers use) are good at figuring out passwords. The security of your information depends on choosing strong passwords for Basecamp and all other online services you use.
When you set your Basecamp password, we take some steps to ensure that it's strong. We only allow passwords that are:
- At least 8 characters long
- Not the same as your username
- Not known to be easily guessable by hackers
Good passwords are long sequences of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Don't use public information about yourself — like your birthday or the street you live on — in your password. Avoid using a word from the dictionary as your password.
A password is strong if it's not easily guessed by hackers. Dictionary words don't make good passwords because they're common, and hackers know to try words from the dictionary. Public information about you doesn't belong in your passwords because a hacker can easily look it up.
Here are some good ways to create a strong password:
- Pick a sentence that describes something personal about you, then abbreviate it like you're trying to put it on a license plate. Add extra letters, numbers, and special characters. For example, ‘When I was five, my favorite stuffed animal was a dragon” would make a good password as
- Put a few words together and insert special characters and numbers in spontaneous places, but not between the words. For example,
cor$rectHors#3is a strong password.
- Take a line from your favorite song and use the first and last letters of each word. For example, “I bless the rains down in Africa” could become
Never use the same password for Basecamp that you use for other services. In general, it's a good idea to use a different password for each of your online services.
Memorizing strong passwords can be hard, but don't write them down. Anyone who finds the note or journal where you've written down passwords will have access to your information. Instead, use a trusted password manager like 1Password. Some password managers can also generate strong passwords when you sign up for a service.
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