Creating a password can be a daunting task, especially when you’re constantly reminded that you must use a unique, hard to guess, random password for each service. Not only that, but you are expected to memorise it too!

The ingredients to a high quality password are a mix of letters (lower and upper case), length, numbers, and special characters; with no association to any personal information. Something like this: WxFgh23!p0(“q.

Three tips to create a good quality password:

  1. Minimum of 10 random characters long
    The longer your password is, the harder it will be for the bad guys to work it out
  2. Include numbers, symbols, upper case and lower case letters
    Use a variety of all these characters in a random order to make the password more secure. For example, instead of Pickles1 use P!Ckle$@AreTHeBe$T!:)
  3. Avoid names, places and common words
    When creating a password, the first thing that normally pops into ones head is the name of a loved one or a recent location. Be more creative, those passwords are easily hacked.

A good secure password has all of these tips randomly combined.

How to remember your passwords:

With such a random string of characters, it’s pretty difficult to memorise the passwords for all of your different accounts. One method to make it easier to remember is to take a sentence and turn it into a password. For example:

TheD0gWeNt^theH!LL = The Dog Went Up The Hill
M!lkBu!ld$$tr0ngB0ne$ = Milk Builds Strong Bones

Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that services you use are being attacked constantly and it’s inevitable that the bad guys will get access to one of the services you use and run away with the entire database of usernames and passwords. Hopefully, your passwords will be stored encrypted (which should make it hard for the hackers to read your actual password), however assume that they are not and that they have your password. If you’ve used that password for other services, you’ve got problems.

The solution is to use different, complex passwords for every different service. Ideally, you would memorise each one, but that may not be practical. Help is at hand with software such as 1Password, KeePass and Password Safe.  

These software programs are able to generate strong passwords and save them in one hub accessible by a single master password (which you make sure is highly complex!).

Creating a strong password will provide an extra layer of security on your information. Whether you turn sentences into passwords or use a program like 1Password or KeePass, we highly encourage you to update your password to be more complex.

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Posted on October 7th, 2015  and last modified on September 16th, 2016.