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How to create a strong password?
Mar 27, 2015

How to create a strong password?

Author: Amina Sinanović


Do you use any of these bad passwords?

  • Password
  • 123456
  • qwerty
  • Your kid's name
  • Always the same one



Why is that not good?

  • They are easy to guess or crack. Really easy.
  • If one site is compromised, a hacker has access to all your services.

 

What makes a password strong?


A strong password:

  • Is at least eight characters long.
  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
  • Does not contain a complete word.
  • Is significantly different from previous passwords.



Help yourself remember your strong password by following these tips:

  • Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information.

For example, pick a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as My son's birthday is 12 December, 2004. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Msbi12/Dec,4 for your password.

  • Substitute numbers, symbols, and misspellings for letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase. For example, My son's birthday is 12 December, 2004 could become Mi$un's Brthd8iz 12124 (it's OK to use spaces in your password).
  • Relate your password to a favorite hobby or sport. For example, I love to play badminton could become [email protected]()n.
  • If you feel you must write down your password in order to remember it, make sure you don't label it as your password, and keep it in a safe place.

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