Choosing a Secure Password

(Classified under: Security)

Posted on 3 May 2018

The best passwords are made up of a jumble of upper and lower case letters, and with both numbers and symbols thrown into the mix.

Here are some password tips:

  • Ensure your password is at least 12 characters long;
  • Don't use dictionary words, place names or foreign words;
  • Don't use sequences of repeated characters or adjacent letters on your keyboard (e.g. "qwerty");
  • Don't use the name of your spouse or children, birthdays or other similar information;
  • Don't use any part of your email address or domain name;
  • Change your password regularly; and
  • Use different passwords for different accounts/logins.

Now I know what you're thinking - "How will I ever remember my password if I do this?"

Well, here's a trick that a Tibetan monk once taught me:

  • Think of a phrase you'll remember - say, "Jason and Molly had a picnic at night for fun in 2013".
  • Replace any words that can also be numbers or symbols - so, "Jason & Molly had a picnic @ night 4 fun in 2013"
  • Then take the first letters of each word - so, "J&Mhap@n4fi2013"
  • And there you have it - a really secure password which is easy-to-remember - Please don't use this password though - have some fun and make up your own, eh? ;-)

If you're concerned about the security of any of your email or hosting accounts, please have a chat with any of the Cornerstone Web team and we can work with you to help ensure your details are secure.

If you don't think you can remember unique complex passwords for each website that you use, consider using a secure application to remember your passwords for you. We use and recommend 1Password which securely remembers all of your passwords for you and synchronises them across all your devices.

NB: Information presented here is general in nature, does not take into account your particular situation and should not be used in place of professional IT consultation.