Password protection is everywhere, with the average person having 23 online accounts requiring a
With so many to remember it’s not surprising that many people use the same password for multiple accounts
and rely on memorable words, dates or phrases.
However, using a pets name or your birthday just isn’t secure enough.
If you want to create a super secure password follow the tips below:
Use 12 characters minimum
While there are no set parameters around password length, 12-14 characters is considered the optimum.
Use numbers, symbols, capital letters and lower case letters to build your password
A mixture of different character types makes your password harder to crack, so vary it up and use a
combination of all the factors mentioned above.
Don’t use personal information
Passwords based on personal information are far easier to crack than passwords based on random collections
of words or characters.
However, even if you avoid using your birthdate or pets names in your passwords it’s still essential to
restrict who has access to your private information online.
To safeguard your information you should check the privacy settings on your social media profiles, review
the privacy policies of websites you use and refrain from taking part in online quizzes or games which ask
for access to your social media accounts.
Make passwords complex
The more complex your password the less likely it is to be cracked. Use words and phrases with no direct
connection to you and replace letters with special characters and numbers where possible.
As an example, bLu8sWan37?? meets the requirements above and would take a computer 63,000 years to crack.
Adding a third word, making the password bLu8sWan37??Guit@r, would push the time taken to crack it to 380
Use a password checker
Review the strength of your password by running it through a secure online checker.
Don’t reuse passwords
An unfortunate side effect of making your passwords super secure is that they’re often harder to remember
but don’t use this as an excuse to use one password for multiple accounts.
If a fraudster manages to crack your password for one account and you use it across multiple platforms
they could potentially access them all.
Use a variety of passwords for maximum security.
Never share your password
Try to commit your passwords to memory and never write them down or share them with anyone.
You should also aim to change your passwords fairly regularly.
If you have any concerns that your password may have been compromised change it immediately.
At TorFX we will never ask for your password, and you should never share it with us.