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The key thing to remember when creating a password is that the longer it is, the stronger it is!

The key thing to remember when creating a password is that the longer it is, the stronger it is!

Think of a passphrase that is made up of at least four words, including at least 14 characters, for example 'horsecupstarshoe'. Make it meaningful to you so it is easy to remember.

  • Using strong passwords lowers your overall risk of a security breach, but they do not replace the need for other effective security controls, such as installing anti-virus software and updates to your operating system as soon as they’re released.

Do not include the following things in your passwords:

  • repeated characters
  • arbitrarily mixed letters, numbers and symbols
  • single dictionary words, your street address or numeric sequences (such as 1234567)
  • personal information
  • anything you have previously used.

It is also better not to change your passwords frequently, for example each month, as it leads to poor passwords being created.

Password tiers

Password tier Account risk Account types Action
Tier 1 High risk accounts
  • Banking
  • Online payments
  • Social media
Use unique and complex passwords
Tier 2 Low risk accounts
  • No confidential information
  • No valuable information
  • Newsletters, catalogues
Less complex passwords are required