Creating and Remembering Strong Passwords
April 25, 2014
With crackers becoming more and more cunning in their methods and attempts to steal your data, it is more important than ever to use “secure passwords” that make it difficult for crackers to break. Not only that, it is imperative that you use a range of different secure passwords for different sites. This is because in the event of one of your passwords being compromised, the others will remain safe.
What makes a password “secure”?
There a variety of things that make a password secure, these are some of them:
- 8 or more characters long
- Use of both upper and lower cases
- Use of letters, numbers and symbols
- Passwords not made of dictionary words, names and dates, etc.
How can I make a secure password that is also easy to remember?
This video from Sophos explains a very good way of creating secure passwords that you’ll remember and briefly covers a solution to managing lots of different passwords.
Sophos is UK computer security company who have been making security software for industry for decades. Find out more about Sophos here.
How can I test my password?
There are now a variety of tools available which try and guess how long it might take to crack your password. Why not test it and see how your new “secure” password compares to your old one.