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How to create a secure password

We do so much online that a strong password is needed to protect your bank account or your PayPal logon not just things like Email, Twitter and Facebook. You’d be surprised at the amount of people who still use “password” or “password123” with the belief that it’ll be enough to deter hackers.

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A strong password contains upper case and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, none of which should make sense to the majority of the world so that means that consecutive numbers and common abbreviations are to be avoided.

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The length of the password is also important. In general, the longer the password the more protected you are but you need to make sure that it’s at least 8 characters long.

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The length of the password is also important. In general, the longer the password the more protected you are but you need to make sure that it’s at least 8 characters long.

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Real names, company names and user names should be avoided. In fact any complete word used in the password can make it weak and easy to hack.

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Making your new password different from past ones is something you have to do automatically but you should make sure that your new one is significantly different to those you’ve used before. Don’t just add a new number on the end as some users continue to do.

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An acronym is a useful way of making a password that’s hard to hack but easy to remember. You could use something like “My daughter’s birthday is 12 December” and change it into a phrase like “Mdbi12/Dec” as a password.

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An acronym is a useful way of making a password that’s hard to hack but easy to remember. You could use something like “My daughter’s birthday is 12 December” and change it into a phrase like “Mdbi12/Dec” as a password.

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Substituting numbers and symbols for letters is another method that will help you remember your password. The example we’ve just looked at, “My daughter’s birthday is 12 December”, could be changed to Mid's Brthd8iz 12124.

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A favourite hobby or sport is another way of making a memorable and different password. Using the same methods mentioned earlier, I love to play football could becomeILuv2PlayF00tB@ll.

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A favourite hobby or sport is another way of making a memorable and different password. Using the same methods mentioned earlier, I love to play football could becomeILuv2PlayF00tB@ll.

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