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 tier||Account risk||Account types||Action|
|Tier 1||High risk accounts||
||Use unique and complex passwords|
|Tier 2||Low risk accounts||
||Less complex passwords are required|