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5 Tips to make your Passwords stronger than ever

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5 Tips to make your Passwords stronger than ever

It feels like every other day that you see yet another headline where personal details have been leaked, or your data has been breached. While these occurrences can seem unavoidable, it’s also helpful for you to make sure to put up your best defence when creating a password. We’ve collated some of our best tips for creating a password right here.

Make sure it can’t be socially engineered

A lot of folks generally make sure that a password is unique to them by thinking that they should include names of pets, where you live, or loved ones in the password. While this might seem like a decent idea in principle, in practice it becomes easy to guess if someone knows you. Therefore, in order to prevent your password from potentially being socially engineered out of you (which is what some malicious people do!) follow the tips below:

Make sure it’s not a commonly used password

A big mistake that a lot of people seem to make is that they use a common password, this might be something like 1234567, or simply starwars. Either way, the password is so commonly used that a hacker trying to get into your account will likely attempt the most common passwords first, before anything else. So, be sure to make your password is something that is out of the general public consciousness when coming up with a password, while it might be tempting to use a string of numbers or simply just “Password” - these are incredibly easy to guess and you should instead try to come up with a more complex password in order to make it more difficult.

Introduce an element of randomness

One thing that computers (and people) are bad at guessing is randomness. In order to secure your password, introduce an element of randomness to it, with as many different characters as you’d like. This is a great way to tighten up your passwords and ensure they are not closely attached to any of your personal details that could easily be guessed (see above). Additionally, you will be able to make that password unique to you, with no one else having the same one!

Make sure it’s long enough

Many places have a minimum requirement for your password, however, you should make it best practice to have around 12-15 characters in your password at any one time, this means you have more space to make your passwords slightly more complex, and harder to crack for any hackers or malicious individuals. Having solid passwords of this length are generally better, and many places where you would use them will fully support (and sometimes encourage) longer passwords. Additionally, ensure that you are following that platforms password rules (usually a combination of upper case, lower case, special characters, digits, etc.)