Top 10 password tips
- Avoid using simple dictionary words or popular passwords (e.g. password, letmein, 12345 etc)
- Don't use the same password for everything
- Never write your password down
- Don't send your passwords via email
- Come up with your own unique password policy. See below for ideas.
- Access to email is often overlooked as some people aren't concerened that 'someone might read their email'. Bear in mind that if your email is compromised someone could easily reset other passwords such as your PayPal account
- Try have a password with at least 10 characters. The more characters you have the harder it is to crack
- Your password should contain a mixture of Uppercase (e.g. ABC), Lowercase (e.g. xyz), numbers (e.g. 123) and chartacters (e.g. £$%&@?.,)
- If you think someone might know your password change it straight away
- Don't store passwords in Word, Excel or Outlook. If you have lots of passwords consider using proper password protection software. Get in touch if you'd like some suggestions.
Here's an example Password:
The password above contains 14 characters including a mixture of Uppercase, Lowercase, Numbers and Characters.
You're probably thinking it's ridiculous and that you'd have to write it down in order to remember it.
However, if you come up with your own unique password policy and create a sentence in your head, it becomes easy to create long, complex passwords that only you will know - and you won't need to write them down!
Here's how the password above can be broken down into an easy to remember sentence.
TOgwhiLi2012! The Olympic games were held in London in 2012!
Now all you have to do is come up with your own completely random theme.
You can even create different passwords for different systems (remember don't use the same password for everything) by simply varying parts of your password.