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Tips for creating strong passwords

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CybersmileTeam
We all know how important having strong passwords is for all our different social media accounts, but nobody warned us how hard it was going to be to create (and remember) good, memorable, and safe passwords! On here we would like everyone to contribute their tips on how to create the strongest passwords and remember them (without giving too many secrets away!)
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Suzanne
Two important tips - Never tell anybody your passwords and choose passwords you remember! You'll be surprised how many people don't do these....
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CybersmileTeam

In reply to Suzanne

Another good basic one is don't have passwords stored on your computer In a file called 'Passwords' or don't have them written down where others can find them.
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CybersmileHQ
One thing I would say is that your email password is maybe the most important one of all - if you think about it, to reset any other passwords all you need is access to your email inbox. All of your passwords are important but your email password is the key to the kingdom!! Make sure it's not simple to guess and also that your security information is up to date :)
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kitty
Yes what Cybersmilehq said All you need is a email address its the key for almost everything I actually change my passwords quite frequently because I forget them dlfast because I have short term memory loss :/
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Frank
Don't use words in your passwords, use random letters, capitals, numbers etc. A good way to do this is to think of a sentence and use the first letter of each word and add a few numbers, or symbols. A sentence is easy to remember and can be written down without giving the password away, only you will know the key!!
This is like image association when you are trying to remember things, you will be able to picture the sentence and extract the password easily.
Whole words and names are easily guessed with a dictionary program so avoid them if you can. :)
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SuperDad

In reply to Frank

Perfect Frank, remembering a sentence and using the first letters is a great way to create a strong password. Replacing letters with numbers and using capitals on names etc really makes it difficult to hack into. The problem with standard words is that there are scripts that try every possible word called 'dictionary attacks' so random letters is much safer!
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JoDragon
I love the first letter of each word idea. Makes passwords easy to remember and hard to crack. Have an image :)

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CybersmileTeam

In reply to JoDragon

Loving that Jo! Great topic btw everyone : )
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SamS
i think using important information to yourself but combining it in a way in which it doesn't create words... for example the name of your primary school combined with your cats name.. Always remember to use letters numbers and capital letters to make it more difficult to hack. Putting capital letters in the middle of sentences is always a good idea too! ... always remember to set yourself a reminder about your password that isn't obvious (if your forgetful like me) and dont use a universal password for everything! :)
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JadeT
When I was at school the password you had was 'Colour Animal number' So for example "GreenCat8" Then I changed mine and just like everyone else did to your fave Colour animal and number and it became so easy for everybody to know just what your password was, I wouldn't recommend going for something like a fave thing...
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melia.pond
There are certainly some great tips on here! :)

One I thought i'd add is similar to Jade's you often have the typical 'reset questions' so it's worth not having your answer so simple and if possible to add your own 'reset/security question' as this way people are less likely to know. It's also important you DONT have the same password for everything you use as this is then incredibly easy to hack.

I never thought about my email password being the most important but you're completely right.... if someone was to hack your email they would be able to hack most of my other things.