Choosing a strong password
The ideal password is long, complex, and easy-to-remember – but hard to break. Good passwords are often hard to remember so the examples below may help.
|First pick a group of words
||Take each first character and make a word
|Add a random word at the end
Use a passphrase
A passphrase is similar to a password but it is made up of various words separated by spaces. Since passphrases are made up of multiple words they are harder to guess. For example: I have bright yellow hair and live in London.
The longer the better
A password of a few characters can be cracked using automated tools in minutes. Bigger is really better. Include upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters to enhance security.
Do not reveal your password
Never share your passwords with friends, colleagues or even family. Genuine sources will never ask for passwords over the phone or by email.
Do not write your password down
Never write your password down, especially next to a desktop, laptop or phone. If you need to store passwords, print them out and place the sheet in a safe.
Change your password frequently
Every so often change your password to enhance security and do not use previous passwords. Most large companies implement this as part as their IT policy.
Do not use your password for everything
As the saying goes “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. If you use one password for everything and it is leaked then the criminal can access everything.
Use different classes
Separate password strengths by classes ... one for website forums or unimportant websites, one for emails and one for internet banking.
Test your password strength
Want to know how strong your password is? Use our password strength meter.
Generate secure passwords
Want to generator multiple secure passwords? Use our password password generator.