What is a strong password?
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- The longer, the better
The more characters, the more it becomes difficult to hack a password. Choose a password between 9 and 16 characters.
- Do not use a user name
Avoid the use of the user name as part of the password.
- Use a combination
Use a combination of numbers, lower and uppercase letters, however no special characters such as £, $, @, #, …. Use at least 1 uppercase letter, 1 lowercase letter and 1 number in the password.
Some other tips ...
- Not too obvious
A password may not be too obvious. Do not use any personal information, number plates or birth dates. No names of children, pets or husbands or wives.
- Easy to remember
Use a sentence which is easy to remember. Such as "I like lying on the beach with a mojito in my hand". By alternating lower and uppercase letters, the following password is created : "IlLoTbWaMiMh".
- Do not use words from a dictionary
Do not use (foreign) words from a dictionary. The so-called "dictionary attacks" are also using these words. Avoid words that are spelt backwards.
- Do not use simple patterns
Do not use simple sequences of letters such as abcdefgh0, aaaaa1111 or azertyuio0.
- Do not use a default password
Do not use default passwords that you find on websites, such as "student", "demo", …
- Rapidly type your password
In this way other people will have more difficulties to recognize your password.
- Regularly change your password
Regularly change your password, even if this is not required by your network policy.