Five steps to the perfect password


Good Passwords Guide

We are all aware of the importance of having good passwords for all of our accounts but do we all know what makes a good password?

If your password is: “password123456” or anything similar, it is not going to be effective. You may think that using a long and complicated password such as: “YourName+yourDOB” will protect your account. This is not the case.

Rather than give you a list of potential passwords, we would like to guide you through a few steps to help you make a safe password to keep your online accounts safe.

Step 1

Pick your favourite symbol from the below list and your favourite number (you should be able to easily locate it on any keyboard:

! @ £ $ % & ? = * # / \ ( ) > <

Step 2

Come up with four random, short and unrelated words

(for example: eleven, zebra, scooter, wind )

To help you remember why not try making a sentence using those words e.g. “Eleven zebras riding a scooter with wind in their hair”.

Step 3

Replace every “x” letter in each word with your favourite number (for example we will replace every second letter with 9. Like this: s9ven)

Step 4

Capitalise every “x” letter in each word (for example every last letter. Like this: s9veN)

Step 4

Connect all words with your favourite symbol. In our example we get:

s9veN>z9brA>s9ooteR>w9nD

Step 5

Congratulations – you are done. You have created a very secure password.

A Word of caution – if you use the same password for all of your different accounts out there your best password is only as good as the easiest to hack website where it is stored. Each different account should have its own unique password. If you cannot face having different passwords for each website, maybe create one strong base password like the one above and then add a specific encrypted word at the end (or in the middle) which describes the account. (See if you can guess what we did below)

f9ceboOk or a9azOn or s9insburYs

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