A secure password

  • Choose a password that you yourself find easy to remember but would be difficult for others to guess.
  • A strong password has at least eight digits, although ten is even better. It is also better if you use the maximum number of characters possible.
  • Think of a sentence or song, and use the first letter of every word in this sentence. For example: "I look at the News at One every day", becomes "Ilatna1ed".
  • Do not use a common word, name, date of birth, telephone number, (part of) your car number plate or bank account number.
  • Use a mixture of upper-case digits, lower-case digits and characters.
  • Change letters for numbers, e.g. "3" instead of E, and "0" instead of "o".
  • Keep your password "secret". Never share it with others or note it down.
  • Never log in to change a password by clicking on a link in an e-mail. Copy the link, or better still: go to the website and change your password using your account settings.
  • Change your passwords regularly and at least four times a year.
  • Use different passwords for different websites.
  • Where possible, use a different user name for each website.
  • Do not put sensitive information on Facebook or on other social networking sites.

 

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