Follows are some tips on how you can create a a strong password. Some might be obvious, other not so…

Your passwords belong to you, no-one else – don’t share your passwords!

Regardless of complexity, don’t write your passwords down. (To this day I still see passwords on Post-IT notes and whiteboards!)

The longer the password, the harder it is to crack, 8 characters should be the absolute minimum.

Introduce complexity using a combination of upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters (eg: !, @, &, %, + #)

Don’t use familiar words such as names of people you know or your pet dog. Even normal dictionary words can be cracked in seconds. Don’t use key dates either, all of this is public knowledge.

Looky-likey passwords such as P@ssw0rd are NOT secure. They are used commonly and can be cracked very easily.

If you suspect a password has been compromised, don’t leave it, change it! If it is a work-related password, inform your IT Security help desk.

A strong password should look like a series of random characters, ideally like this: m8KX6rAiNQsV

If you simply cannot remember a strong password using rules in your head or similar then consider using a password manager. There are many to choose from, try out several to find one that works well for you.