Password instructions

What makes a password better?

Do’s

  • The longer you make your password, the safer the password will be.
  • Use random characters, including special characters, capital letters, lowercase letters and digits.
  • Keep your passwords secure. This means you shouldn’t write it on a loose piece of paper.

Don’ts

  • Don’t reuse (parts of) a password.
  • Don’t use words from a dictionary.
  • Don’t use personal information.

This is hard! Can you make this easy?

There are 3 easy ways of using this information

  • Use a good password manager. (recommended)

These are to create great passwords and you only have to remember the password for the manager itself. Make sure your password manager is backed up regularly.

  • Use a passphrase.

A passphrase is a phrase with completely random words for the outside world. Be sure not to use logical sentences though!
Example: ”pyjama horse glove governor iteration”

  • Convert the passphrase.

Grab a few characters from the passphrase so you can remember it. Then add a few random special characters, like .%~, and make a few letters Uppercase.
Example: ”pyjama horse glove governor iteration”
Converted example: ”p<H%gLGo1t*”

Why are all these things so important?

Longer is better

Your password is stronger if it is longer. Every extra character exponentially adds more difficulty to crack you password.

Random characters

Using numbers, symbols and mix of upper and lower case letters in your password makes it harder for someone to guess your password.

Keep your passwords secure

Don’t leave notes with your passwords on your computer or desk, where people can easily steal them and use them to compromise your accounts.

Don’t reuse a password

Use a different password for each of your important accounts, like your email and online banking accounts. Re-using passwords or parts of passwords is risky. If someone figures out your password for one account, they will use it to guess your passwords for other accounts and they will get access to more than one account.

Don’t use words from a dictionary

Hackers can use dictionaries from any language, which reduces the time to hack your password greatly if you use anything that can be found in a dictionary.

They also have a list of common passwords like “password” or “letmein”, keyboard patterns such as “qwerty” or “qazwsx”, and sequential patterns such as “abcd1234”.

Don’t use personal information

When a hacker knows some personal information about you, they will use it to guess your password.

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