How do you choose a good password

Coming up with a good, memorable and secure password can be difficult. Passwords are necessary though, so here are some tips to get you going: 

  • Choose a password that is at least 8 characters long - the longer it is the more difficult it is for anyone to crack it
  • It is always a good idea to put a punctuation mark in the middle of your password (e.g. news&letter or reci%pient)
  • Use a mix of lower and upper case characters, numbers and punctuation marks. This might make your password hard to remember but still, you should avoid writing it down
  • A great way to create a secure password is to take a quote out of your favorite movie, or a proverb you like and use the first and last letter of each word from there
  • Mix any of the above options

Avoid using any of the following:

  • Words from the dictionary
  • Your user name
  • Your real name
  • Your birthday date
  • Your family members' names
  • Anyone's name is a bad idea actually as it is very common for crackers to use lists of more than 100.000 names in cracker programs
  • Adding a single character at the beginning or end of a word (e.g. 1family or goal7)
  • Using a capital letter at the beginning of the word (e.g. Family)
  • Using the same word twice (e.g. familyfamily)