You will be asked to create a password when you initially sign up. If you ever need to reset your password, click on your profile photo/icon in the top right corner of the page and select the “My Settings” option from the drop-down menu to take you to your account settings; then click the “Reset Password” button on the “Account” page and follow the on-screen instructions. If you forget your password, click the “Forgot Your Password?” prompt on the login page. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Whenever you set (or reset) a password, we highly recommend that you use strong passwords. To make a strong password, follow these guidelines:
- Avoid using simple, easily guessed words or phrases (e.g., “Fall2020”, “ZentasticFit!”, “ILoveFitness”, “12345”, “password”, “qwerty”, “abdcef”);
- Avoid using personal information, such as names, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. (e.g., “Bob02221974”);
- Use both upper- and lower-case letters;
- Use numbers and special characters; and
- Make passwords at least 8 characters long.
An example of a strong password would be “H6kuD7$fl!”
Keep your password secure.
- Never share your passwords with other people.
- Never let your browser save your passwords.
- Don’t use the same password for multiple sites/accounts.
- Change your passwords frequently. (At the very least, change it if you ever suspect that your account has been compromised.)
- Don’t reuse passwords.
- Avoid writing down your password. (If you need it written down to remember it, consider keeping it in a locked note on your phone.)
- Consider using a password manager.
For a strong password that’s easy to remember (and, therefore, hopefully won’t need to be written down), take the first letter of each word of a favorite line of a poem, song, etc. For example, the iconic first line of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?) would be “S18SIcttasd?” in password form. You can add a layer of security to this by adding the first and last letters of the site’s name to the beginning and end of the password. This way, you can re-use the main password while having the whole password be different for different sites. For example, the above Sonnet 18 password would be “ZS18SIcttasd?t” on ZentasticFit, “eS18SIcttasd?y” on ebay, and “NS18SIcttasd?t” on Netflix.