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Choosing a Strong Password
July 25, 2016

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Here’s our guide to creating a strong password that ticks all the security boxes:

1. A minimum of 12 characters The longer the better – include upper case, numbers and symbols where allowed.

2. Longer is stronger! Choose an easy-to-remember sentence that is long e.g. IReallyLoveTheColourRed!
Remember: the longer your password, the longer it will take a password-cracking algorithm to crack it!

3. Create an acronym for an easy-to-remember piece of information and substitute misspellings, numbers and symbols e.g. ‘My first pet was a cat’ = Mi1STPwz_akT!

4. Do not use any part of your name, your spouse’s name or your kids’ names.

5. Avoid any special dates (DOB, anniversary etc).

6. Refrain from substituting symbols for letters (e.g. h@llo)

7. In an ideal world, you would use a different password for each account – if one is compromised, you won’t need to worry about changing everything else. However, we understand this is not always possible! You could perhaps have a system of 3-5 passwords that you use, depending the level of security that you need (e.g. your password for signing up to a mailing list would be different to online banking and so on). You may want to consider using a password management application to assist with this.

8. Don’t write your passwords down! We know it’s tempting! If you really have to, write something that will act as a trigger, but be unidentifiable to anyone else.

Watch our video on how to choose a secure password here:

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