Tips for choosing a strong password
Using weak passwords can leave your account vulnerable to hackers. They can easily guess your password if you are using a name, date of birth or words from the dictionary as your password. To keep your account safe, you must choose a strong password and keep that password in a safe place.
A secure and strong password will always contain:
- At least eight characters.
- At least one uppercase letter.
- At least one lowercase letter.
- At least one number.
- And at least one symbol found on the keyboard.
Sometimes you can use the criteria above and yet your password is still weak. Example: Hello2U! Why? Because it contains a word from the dictionary. H3ll02U! is a stronger alternative.
Help yourself create a stronger password with these tips:
- Think of an easy to remember piece of information and turn it into an acronym format. Example: Scott was born on March 2nd, 1982 turn that intoSwboM,2nd/82
- Use your favorite hobby or sport and turn that into acryonym format. Example: My Favorite Sport is BasketBall would become Mf51B@sk3tBaLl
- We recommend using a free password manager such as KeePass or LastPass, it allows you to generate secure passwords and store them in a encrypted database. You can manage all your complex passwords in one place without the hassle of having to remember each one.
List of weak passwords you should NEVER use:
- your name
- country name
- your date of birth
- family member names
- pet names
- words found in the dictionary