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What is a strong password?

  1. The longer, the better
    The more characters, the more it becomes difficult to hack a password. Choose a password between 9 and 16 characters.
  2. Do not use a user name
    Avoid the use of the user name as part of the password.
  3. 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 ...

  1. 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.
  2. 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".
  3. 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.
  4. Do not use simple patterns
    Do not use simple sequences of letters such as abcdefgh0, aaaaa1111 or azertyuio0.
  5. Do not use a default password
    Do not use default passwords that you find on websites, such as "student", "demo", …
  6. Rapidly type your password
    In this way other people will have more difficulties to recognize your password.
  7. Regularly change your password
    Regularly change your password, even if this is not required by your network policy.
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