Skip to: main navigation | main content | sitemap | accessibility page

 

What makes a good password?

20th October 2015

what makes a good password

Many hackers enter computer systems simply by guessing passwords, and with the top passwords of 2012, 2013 and 2014 being ‘password’, ‘123456’ and ‘12345678’, we’re not exactly making things difficult for them! Of the 40 million Adobe account passwords leaked online, 2 million were ‘123456’.

So what makes a good password? Use our list of DOs & DON’Ts below to keep your computer and data secure:

DO

DO use a password that contains alphanumeric & UPPERCASE characters. Include punctuation and symbols throughout the password.

DO be aware of phishing emails. Be vigilant! Inform your bank or IT department immediately.

DO consider using a sentence for your password.

DO use a password that can be typed quickly, without having to look at the keyboard. This makes it harder for someone to steal your password by looking at your keyboard (known as ‘shoulder surfing’).

DO aim to use at least fourteen characters in your password.

DO be aware of social network engineering attacks – scams designed to obtain logon credentials. Or attempts to inject malicious code into your browser.

DO change passwords regularly (more than once a year). This change stops someone who has already compromised an account from continued access.

DO use a secure password manager such as LastPass, Roboform or KeyPass.

DO use two factor authentication (2FA) wherever possible.

DON’T

DON’T use single dictionary words. These are easily broken using basic dictionary attacks!

DON’T use common keyboard sequences, e.g. ‘qwerty’, ‘abcd’ or ‘1234’.

DON’T reveal a password to anyone… …Not even your mother!

DON’T use your first, middle or last name or anyone else’s in any form. Do not use your initials or any nicknames you may have.

DON’T use your network login ID (username) in any form (reversed, capitalized, or doubled as a password).

DON’T write a password on sticky notes (on your desk, or stuck to your laptop), desk blotters, or calendars.

DON’T simply add a capital letter to the start of a password, and end in a number. These passwords are also easily broken!

DON’T reuse passwords across multiple websites and web services.

DON’T use words found in common films or music, or use popular names of hobbies.

Probably the best piece of advice we can give to everyone is to stay educated and stay informed! Download this poster for your home or office (PDF, 45KB)

There are many password manager systems for PC, Macs, tablets and phones. Here at PC Comms we are big fans of RoboForm Password Manager, and can help set up and support it. Please contact us for more details.

 

Download our poster. Click on the image below:

password-poster

 

 

 
 
 
 
August 2022
M T W T F S S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  
 
 

 

 
  • Latest tweets: Make sure you are prepared whilst working from home or in the office. #itsupport #virus #protection #fridayfeeling https://t.co/gWPl5n0snC
  • Latest tweets: Introducing the new Microsoft Edge browser. #microsoft #teams #itsupport #itsecurity #browsers https://t.co/ExojyeOevW
  • Latest tweets: Hows your home office looking? With remote working becoming essential since the pandemic began it is vital that you… https://t.co/w0bV2tWzLN
  • Latest tweets: Need new Computers, Tablets or Phones for your business? We can find the perfect IT equipment for your company.… https://t.co/qeAzNwByBV

Latest News >

12th March 2020

Introducing the new Microsoft Edge browser

Read more >

6th March 2020

Homeworking: Your options explored

Read more >

24th February 2020

Free Vulnerability Scan [Limited Time Offer!]

Read more >

Clients Recommend Us >

Harley and the PC Comms team provide an excellent outsourced IT service with quick response times for both remote and on site support.

David Satchell - Partner, Amicus Solicitors & Advocates

Special Offers >

12th July 2016

Your next Windows 10 high performance PC

Read more >

1st October 2013

Simple online backups only £10 per month

Read more >

1st September 2013

ESET Antivirus from £25.49

Read more >