As today is ‘World Password Day’, we’ve put together some tips to help you keep your online passwords safe, secure and easy to remember.
Take a look and test them out for yourself.
- Make your password eight characters or more (12-plus characters if you can).
- Use ‘nonsense’ phrases and random words that only make sense to you (see examples below).
- Include a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, along with numbers and symbols (the more variation you have, the stronger your password).
- Change your password regularly (at least every three months).
- Consider using a password manager, which allows you to create strong passwords for each of your online accounts (you just need one password to access them).
- Don’t use a single word (even if it’s a long or unusual one).
- Don’t use obvious personal information (like your name, address or date of birth).
- Don’t use characters in the order they appear on a computer keyboard (such as qwerty).
- Don’t use common substitutions (like numbers that represent letters in a text message), such as L8T3R or D00R8377.
- Don’t reuse the same password for different accounts (keep each one unique).
Tips to create and remember your passwords
- Use the sentence method – Take the first two letters of a random sentence, such as The Drummer’s Arms is my favourite pub in Blackburn Town.
This would make the password: ThDrArismyfapuinBlTo.
- Try the passphrase method – Take four random words or names of things, such as a local business, a historical figure, a TV series, and a fruit. Then, put them together in a way you’ll remember them, use uppercase and lowercase letters and replace certain letters with numbers and special characters.
For example, Places Gym, Queen Anne, The X Files, and banana could create the password: Plac3sAnnEXF1lesB0naN?
- Create your own code – Use different numbers and special characters to represent random letters, deliberately misspell words and avoid using some letters altogether.
- Use your favourite book – Pick a page at random and build your password around a sentence, as well as the page, paragraph, line and chapter number.
- Choose your favourite song – Pick a memorable line and build your password around it, the album the song is from, when it was released, and the band members.