How to create a secure password

Passwords are your first line of defence when it comes to computer hackers so you must make them secure. The stronger your password, the more secure your computer is when hackers or malicious software attack. This blog will teach you 5 easy steps to creating the best password.

1. Use length to your advantage

Create a password that is eight or more characters. Most websites have minimum of eight characters for their passwords so to have that as a usual is helpful so you don’t have to adapt too much.

2. Make a “random” sequence of words and/or letters

Think of a phrase or sentence that you can make into a series of letters that is seemingly “random” but is easy to remember.

*example* I like to eat apples and bananas once a day so my series would be “ilteaaboad”

3. Add numbers to you series

You can add numbers to the end/start; such as your birthday, you could replace some letters with numbers or you could do both.

*example* My birthday is 14th April so my password could be “ilt3aab0ad144”

4. Use punctuation and symbols

You could add random punctuation, a symbol that could mean something else (house number 123 could be #123) or both

*example* “ilt3a@b0ad_144”

5. Create complexity with upper and lowercase letters

*example* “iLt3a@b0aD_144”

 

Tips

*don’t use an obvious series like a name, birthday or date, these are easier to crack

*by mixing in numbers and letters you can make it almost impossible to crack so try using that. You can take a word (e.g. horses) and spell it backwards (sesroh) and put your birthdate in between. (April 5 1973 so it would be sApre5s19ro73h) It would be hard to remember but very hard to crack, so you may need to write it down.

*If you are going to write it down make sure you do not label it as a password and keep it stored in a safe place that you will not forget.

*change your passwords regularly, periodically or whenever its security may have become compromised