strong passwords

How to create strong passwords

strong passwords

We have often said that having strong passwords can save you a lot of headaches when it comes to protecting your digital life.

Today we are going to offer you a few tips on how to make a password that will make things a bit more difficult for those malicious individuals who want to take control of your email or social network accounts or any other online services you use.

How to create strong passwords

  • Use numbers
  • Include letters as well
  • Combine upper and lower case
  • Add symbols such as: @, #, ? or %
  • Where possible, it should be a minimum of eight characters long. The longer it is, the more difficult it will be to guess
  • Never use a sequence of numbers or letters: 123456, 987654, abc123
  • Don’t use a sequence of adjacent keyboard letters either: qwer123; asd987
  • Ideally, your passwords shouldn’t be something directly related to you. Don’t use your name or date of birth

Things you shouldn’t do with your password

  • Use the same password for different services, social networks, online banking, etc. If you always use the same one, if someone gets hold of it, they will have access to your entire digital world.
  • Write it down somewhere: mobile phone, address book, etc.  Neither should you leave it next to your computer!
  • Leave it stored in browser histories. Even though it’s more hassle, it’s better to enter your password manually whenever you visit a site. 

What you should do with your passwords

* There are many tools available on the Internet to check their strength.

Change them from time to time.

* Use a password manager like the one in Panda Global Protection 2014. This way, you will only have to remember one password and, as you don’t have to memorize all of them, you can set different, more complex passwords for each service.

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  1. Roger
    Jun 05, 2014 - 10:07 AM

    Definitely great and useful tips Marta. Thanks. I tend to think 8 characters is very weak. I have a password manager called Sticky Password and generate and use passwords with special characters at least 16 characters long and still think it is weak 🙂
    Anyway, thanks for the article. Appreciate the information here.

    • Marta López
      Jun 06, 2014 - 09:18 AM

      Thanks, Roger. Obviously, 16 characters long is safer than 8, but if you follow all those tips, you’ll get a secure password. Thanks! 🙂

      • billel
        Jul 19, 2014 - 09:00 AM

        It’s a great tips ,i think that 8 combined characters is safer don’t worry

  2. Joe
    Jul 09, 2014 - 04:46 PM

    Good info… I’ve started using four random but common words with spaces between each one.
    Sadly, I just don’t trust 8 character passwords anymore.

  3. Penn
    Jul 22, 2014 - 12:38 PM

    These are great tips, thanks. I don’t think an 8 letter password is secure enough nowadays either, and symbols are a good way of making a password safer. Password managers are great ideas too, thanks.


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