3 tips for creating strong passwords
Online fraud and the hacking of online bank accounts, email and social media is a concern for all of us. Follow our three tips for creating the strongest passwords possible to ensure your online protection.
Choose a sentence that is easy to remember and make it more complicated
Choose a sentence that you can easily remember.
Make sure it is not directly linked to your personal or professional life.
Example: My son was born in the winter.
Now make it more complicated:
- Use hyphens, quotation marks, capital letters and other special characters.
- Use at least 8 characters.
- Do not replace the "a" by "@" or the "o" by "0" (zero). That is too obvious.
- Feel free to make spelling mistakes. This is one case in which it is advisable.
Use your creativity to create more than 1 password:
Example : My-son-was-born/INTHEWINTER!
Create a different password for each platform
Ideally you should create a different password for each website and different ones for work and private use.
You can either create something completely different for each website.
Or add a different suffix that refers to the platform you are on.
A few examples:
- Facebook: MsRchbo25M!4FbK
- Twitter: MsRchbo25M!(TwT)
- Gmail: GMA!L=MsRchbo25M!
- YouTube: MsRchbo25M!@UtuBe
- Note: avoid_TWT, _FB and _GMAIL. Those are too easy to crack!
Test how secure your password is
Final words of advice
- Never write your passwords down.
- Change your password regularly (3 to 4 times per year, or even more often if you want to be better protected)
- Create a totally different password each time. If you are worried about not remembering a different password every time you change it, change your current password by just one letter ('b' in the place of an 'a') or number each time.
- A secure password is a password that is easy for you to remember but that nobody else can guess based on your life (first name, surname, age, birthplace, children, hobbies, etc.).