So we often get asked about passwords and what advice can we give. Well here’s 6 very good tips for you.

1. The Longer, The better.

Some of this is playing the odds. The longer the password is, the longer it will take a hacker (or their decryption software) to run through all the possible permutations and hack your password. More characters means more security!

2. Use as many types of characters you can.

Many systems will allow you to use not just numbers and letters but special characters, like @, ! or £. Using a wide variety of every kind of character, as well as capital letter, will increase the time it would take a hacker to decrypt your password.

3. Passwords should be unique.

You may think it’s ok to reuse passwords between sites, especially for accounts you don’t care that much about. The problem is, using the same password for multiple accounts means that if one account is compromised, they all are. The more unique your passwords, the quicker you can shut down the spread of breach.

4. Don’t include common words or personal details.

Your birthday, your name, your hometown. These are all facts that someone could pretty easily find out, and it’ll be their first guess for your password.

5. Using a pass phrase can help you remember your passwords.

One easy way to make complex, yet memorable, passwords is to use a core string of characters (or “pass phrase”) that you know will recur in many of your passwords, and then insert additional characters that are specific to the site you’re accessing. This helps to create a wide variety of passwords that you can still easily remember.

6. Consider using a password manager.

There are a number of password management services that can help you securely manage all of your passwords in one central, trusted location. Talk to your security team about the services they recommend for this purpose.