With more articles appearing in the news about passwords being compromised, we’ve decided to help you ensure your password is secure.

So, what are the do’s and don’t when creating yourself a password?

Password Do’s

  • Ensure your password is a minimum of 8 characters long
    • Longer passwords are more difficult to guess or break
  • Use at least one capital letter, number and symbol
    • Be aware, foreign keyboards do not always have the same keys as UK keyboards. Whilst this means using these keys is a good idea initially, be wary if you try to access your account from abroad
  • Try using a phrase that people may not associate with you normally
    • A line from a random song or film (preferably not your favourite one)
  • Try shortening a phrase that makes sense to you
    • ‘Tramps like us, baby we were born to run'” and take the first character from each word to get ‘tlu,bwwbtr’
  • Try putting a few words together and shortening them
    • Marvel, Football, Cake – MarFoKe

 

Password Don’ts

  • Use obvious words linked to you
    • This includes maiden name, username, business name, family name, birthdays, family members names
  • Use the name of your favourite sport or sports team/club
  • Use the word ‘Password’
  • Numerical sequences such as ‘1234’
  • Single commonplace words that are found in the dictionary

 

Remember,

  • Passwords should not be easily guessed. The more complex, the better!
  • Don’t give your password to anyone
  • Use password protection programs if needed