Informative Password Security Tips
Last Updated ( Monday, 29 March 2010 )
With most websites requiring you to create an account, do you find yourself in a
bit of a pickle when it comes to inventing passwords? Many people use the same
password for all their online accounts and often forget the password they came
up with months ago. Hands up who doesn’t feel like banging your head against the
wall trying to remember the password you created months ago?
Let’s face it - everyone has problems with creating and remembering secure
passwords. That’s why we decided to help.
Tips on how to create and remember your passwords:
•Use the first letters of a sentence that you will remember,e.g. "I have 3 cats:
Fluffy, Furry and Shaggy" gives: Ih3c:FF&S, or “Bouncing tigers have every right
to ice-cream” becomes: Bther2I-C.
•Take the name of the website and then add your personal twist, like your height
or your friend’s home address (e.g. “AmazonOceanRd6’2”). Avoid using your own
contact details like your phone number or house number.
•Remove the vowels from a word or phrase e.g. "I like eating pancakes” becomes:
•Use a phrase from your favourite book and then add the page, paragraph or
The Do’s and Don'ts of creating passwords
•Mix letters, numbers and symbols, and use case sensitivity (upper and lower
•The longer the better. Use passwords that are longer than 6 characters.
•Change your passwords at least every 60 days, cycling the numeric values up or
down makes the new password easy to remember.
•Try copying and pasting at least some of the characters in your password that
way keyloggers won’t be able to track your keystrokes.
•Don’t use words or phrases or numbers that have personal significance. It is
very easy for someone to guess or identify your personal details like date of
•Avoid writing your password down, use a reputable password manager to manage
all your passwords.
•Don’t use the same password for several logins, especially if they involve
sensitive financial or other personal information.
•Don’t tell anybody your password.
•When registering on websites that ask for your email address, never use the
same password as your email account.