Need to Know Password Do’s and Don’ts

It is easier than you think to create strong, hard-to-guess, east-to-remember passwords.

Here are a few tips we recommend:

DO:

  • Use a password phrase and make it relevant. if you’re joining a crossword site think “knot my pencil” and write is something like this: “Kn0TmyP3n$il”
  • Make it something you can visualize. It will make it easier for you to remember it that way
  • Make it more than 10 characters adn include capitals, numbers and symbols.

DON’T:

  • Use names: pets, businesses, family, friends etc
  • Use letter or number patterns: 12344, abcde, etc
  • Use birthdays, addresses, post codes even if you do add a number or a symbol.
  • Use anything less than 10 characters.
  • Leave them on a sticky note attached to the PC.

You may be thinking “WOW that is alot of passwords, i can’t possibly remember all of them”

We would recommend having a look at something like a password manager, which will save all your passwords to a central location along with the website so that you don’t have to memorise anything.

Often, they come with a two-factor or multifactor authentication to keep them safe, so there really is nothing to worry about.

Now, if you’re still not sure and you’re sat there thinking, ‘What’s a password manager?” then maybe it’s time to ask us for some help.

Go and talk to your IT professional or drop me a line here. Getting in touch won’t just mean you being better with your passwords, it will keep everybody safe.