How to create a strong password.
Thinking of a password is easy. Thinking of one that nobody else has thought of is difficult. Here are two ways to create passwords that you can remember, but others can’t guess.
Method 1: Convert a long phrase to a string of characters.
Choose a personal phrase and reduce it to the first letters of each word, working in some numbers, capitalization, and punctuation.
Mccic:Iiig,web? -> Mint chocolate chip ice cream: If it isn’t green, why even bother?
cbitg8dIeswmf -> Cebu beaches is the greatest 8 days I ever spent with my family.
If you’re having a hard time coming up with a personal phrase, you can use common phrases if you add a twist. 1$siapeiyh99%i -> A dollar saved is a penny earned if you have 99 percent inflation.
Method 2: Choose four random words.
Choose truly random words and not the first four that pop in your head. People typically only have four to five thousand words in mind which can limit the strength of this method. Use a large dictionary or a random word generator to select your words. Misspelling a word or peppering punctuation and numbers can help.
FloorBrightAlreadySoemthing9 or RubbishConsiderGREEENSwim3
What makes a bad password?
Do you use any of these as a password, or use them in combination with a single dictionary word? If so, you need to upgrade your password to something stronger.
Four digit years
19XX, 20XX, other anniversaries or famous years like 1776 or 1066
The word “password”
pass, password, p@$$word or any variant
basketballfan, boxing, triathlon
Pets, spouses, children, grandchildren, celebrities
Your name, email address, phone number, or social securitynumber
Keyboard patterns or sequential numbers
qwerty, asdf, 123456
Step it Up
When you enable 2-step verification, any time you use your account on a new device, an authorization code will come to your phone. Without the code, a password thief cannot take control of your account. Use it with Google, Facebook, and more. It is the single strongest way to protect your account.
How to Manage
You have dozens of accounts, and that means you need dozens of strong passwords. Thankfully, there are applications to help you keep track of them. A password manager will help you create, use, and store passwords easily. Download one now, or ask your ICT security team for help choosing one.
Using the same password for all your accounts is very risky. If your account for any service is compromised, all of your accounts are put at risk. Use a unique password for every account.
Keep Passwords Private
Keep your passwords private and don’t share them with anyone. Support services will never ask you for your password by phone or by email.