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How to create a strong password

21st November 2017

A strong password is your first line of defence against cyberhackers. Companies such as Debenhams and Wonga have been hit by the hackers in 2017, with as many 250,000 customer records seized and exposed. Yet, roughly 10,000 of the most common passwords (such as 123456 or qwerty) can access 98% of all accounts.

Creating a strong password

At a time where 90% of passwords generated by users are vulnerable to hackers, we’ve brought together the ‘Golden Rules’ to help you create a strong password:

  1. Do – Make it at least 12 characters long
  2. Do – Use a mix of characters, at least one from each of the following groups; uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols
  3. Do – Use different passwords for different accounts
  4. Do – Change your password regularly
  5. Don’t – Use personal information like family names, pet names, birthdays, places
  6. Don’t – Use common words or phrases like ‘football’
  7. Don’t – Display your password or leave it written anywhere it could be seen by others
  8. Don’t – Reuse or recycle old passwords

Check how strong your password is – HowSecureIsMyPassword

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