Using Strong Passwords
Passwords are the keys (or partial keys, if you use MFA) to so much of our private and personal information. For this reason, having a strong password is important. Selecting long passwords that are diverse in characters makes them much harder to crack or to guess.
Here are some pointers for choosing good passwords:
- Make them long and complex: Longer is stronger!
- Make them random: Use a random string of letters (capitals & lowercase), numbers and symbols.
- Make them easy to remember: Consider a sentence, punctuation and capitalization included.
- Length is better than complexity: Ideally, opt for a longer password rather than an overly complex one. You will be more likely to remember it. Aim for 16 characters or more!
- Use a different password for each site: Re-using passwords decreases your security! If someone gets hold of your password from one account, they are very likely to try that password on all of your other accounts.
See this Tip Sheet for more information, facts, and figures for password related material.