Tips for Strong Passwords How to generate secure passwords?
Whenever possible use the Password Depot generator to create a secure password. Choose the maximum number of characters permitted as well as all allowed types of character to attain maximum security. Passwords should be as long and complex as possible. Don’t worry, you won’t have to remember them, because Password Depot saves them all for you. However, here are some hints, if you should ever have the need to manually generate a secure password.
Hints on creating secure passwords
Following are some useful hints which will help you to generate a secure password:
- A password should consist of the maximum number of characters permitted by each account.
- It should contain all types of characters which the account allows including numbers, punctuation and symbols. Also upper and lower cases should be mixed in.
- It is NOT a secure password if you can find it in a dictionary – no matter the length! Programs used to decipher passwords work with dictionaries and systematically go through their entries.
- Do not use names of family members or pets. Also don’t use your phone number or license plate number or any other personal data that can be easily related to you.
- Never use simple keyboard sequences such as "asdf” or "09876”.
IMPORTANT: Change your passwords routinely. The more sensitive the data, the more often you should change the password. Let Password Depot remind you automatically by filling in the "valid until” box.
How to create a Master-Password in Password Depot:
In keeping with the previous hints, the following advice applies to creating a secure Master-Password for Password Depot:
- Built a secure Master-Password by using the first letter of each word of a sentence that is easy to remember. "I use secure passwords from Password Depot for 10 years now.” Translates into the password "IuspfPDf10yn”. To make this password even more secure, you may replace the letter "f” with the special character "#”, resulting in "lusp#PD#10yn”.
- Another method is to mix numbers and words: "P2a9s1s0w2o0r0d1” as a combination of "Password” and "29.10.2001”. The date used should not be a well-known birthday. Here as well you may increase security by replacing numbers with special characters, e.g. "1” with "^” which results in "P2a9s^s0w2o0r0d^”.