A strong password for online accounts is essential when it comes to protecting your personal information. However, before creating a password there are certain rules that must be adhered to first.
- A password should be a minimum 8 characters in length
- A password should be complex, with at least 1 upper case letter, 1 lower case letter, 1 number and 1 special charac ter
- Base your passwords on non-existing words or passphrases (eg. the first letter of each word in a phrase. Old King Cole would be represented by 'okcwamos')
- Avoid simple patterns, and consecutive or repeating characters
- Never use personal information about yourself or others
- Never use all or part of your username in a password
Bearing the above in mind, creating a password that is both easy to remember and computer friendly can be difficult. But by following these next steps, you will be able to increase your online security and help to deter hackers.
- Create an 8-letter word that doesn’t exist in any language. For example, mercasion.
- Next, capitalise the first letter of this word, making it Mercasion.
- Using symbols that look similar to letters, substitute these in where appropriate. In this case, we changed the ‘a’ and the ‘s’ to make Merc@$ion
- Repeat this step with numbers that can also represent letters. In this case, we changed the ‘e’, the ‘i' and the ‘o’ to make M3rc@$10n
- Depending on the account you are creating this password for, now add the first and last letter to the front and back of your word. For example, a password for Facebook would become fM3rc@$10nk, and a password for Twitter would become tM3rc@$10nr
The above is just one example of how to encrypt your passwords, and there are many variations to this method. For instance, try using a passphrase instead of a made-up word. And rather than the first and last letter of a service, try the first and second letter. Starting with Old King Cole and Gmail, we are then able to come up with the password goKcw@m05m.
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