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  • Writer's pictureStephen Parsons

How to create secure passwords

A secure password is typically one that is long, random, and complex. Here are some tips for creating a secure password:

  1. Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters (e.g., !, @, #, $, etc.).

  2. Avoid using dictionary words, common phrases, or personal information (e.g., your name, address, phone number, etc.) in your password.

  3. Make your password as long as possible. We recommend using a password that is at least 12 characters long and if possible, use a passphrase instead of a password. These are longer, but easy to remember.

  4. Use a different password for each of your accounts, such as your email, online banking, and social media accounts.

  5. Use a password manager to securely store your passwords. This will help you create strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts and keep them organized while only having to remember your password manager passphrase.

Latest advice suggests that it is better to use a password manager with Multifactor authentication and a passphrase rather than a system of different passwords based on the application. It is also recommended using this method not to change your main password regularly, but to instead only change if and whenever you suspect that your password may have been compromised.

Remember, a strong password (or passphrase) is an important first step in keeping your online accounts and personal information secure. Take the time to create a secure password and protect yourself from potential security threats.

If you need assistance implementing a password manager, talk to the team at VISO and we will help you through the process.

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