Everyone hates passwords, and having to think up a new one which is complicated enough to actually be secure. This can be made even harder by having to change it every 30 to 90 days.

For a reasonably secure password:

– It must be at least 8 characters long.
– It cannot have part of your username in it.
– It must be “complex”. See below for an explanation.
– It cannot have been used in the last 10 times you changed your password.
– It has to be something you can remember without writing it down.

Complex passwords:
In a password there are 4 different types of characters you can use. A secure password is
going to have at least 3 out of the 4.
1) Uppercase letters – A to Z
2) Lowercase letters – a to z
3) Numbers – 0 to 9
4) Symbols – ( ) ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * – + = | \ { } [ ] : ; ” ‘ < > , . ? /

The easiest type of password to remember would be a phrase. As this is also one of the more secure types of password it works out well.
What you need to do in the phrase is to make sure you use either numbers or symbols as either replacements for words, or in the phrase itself.
Common substitutions are:

4 – for
@ – at
15 – is (this is a one and a five if you can’t tell via font)

Adding in emojicons can also make for a memerable way to add security.

: )
: (
: P


Do you have a random bit of information memorized, say an old postal code, or a friends phone number? This can also be used as the base for a good password.


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