Monday, February 27, 2012


Strong Passwords are the First Line of Defence

Strong passwords are the first line of defence against unauthorized access to your information assets.

Here are some of the tips you need to consider before setting up your password.

• Strong password are at least 8 characters long

• Never write or store passwords in a readable format

• They should contain at least 3 of the following: upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, special characters

• Do not use password saving features in any application or software. This would defeat the purpose of having a password

• Do not repeat any of the last 5 passwords

• Your password should not contain a dictionary word, your username, child's name, pet's name, birthdays, abc 123, password1, etc.

Strong Passwords are the First Line of Defence

For more information on creating a strong password, please read my other post on the Do’s And Don’ts While Creating A Password | Importance of Passwords

Here is what you can do to create a strong password.

  • Start with a sentence or two, just like this,

Complex passwords are safer

  • Remove the spaces between the words in the sentence.,


  • Turn words into shorthand or intentionally misspell a word.


  • Add length with numbers. Put numbers that are meaningful to you after the sentence.


Test your password with a password checker: A password checker evaluates your password's strength automatically. Try Microsoft's secure password checker.


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