By Martin Abert

The strength of a password is measured by length (the longer the better), complexity and randomness.

This means that you must avoid using passwords based on dictionary words (in any language), number sequences like 1234 or 5555, personal information such as birthdays, pet names or passport numbers, and abbreviations or words spelled backwards.

Hackers use sophisticated software that sees right through these methods.

We all fear that if we devise a long, complex and random password we run the risk of forgetting it.

One way to overcome this is to create a Mnemonic Device.

For example: I wish all girls could be California girls – Iwagcbcg.

You can make it yet more complex by substituting numbers for letters.

For example: 1wagc8cg

And yet further by capitalising some of the words.

For example: 1Wagc8Cg

If the system allows you, add symbols.

For example:


Avoid using the same password across multiple sites. Please note that a secure password is not substitute for secure IT systems – make sure your firewalls and security systems measure up to 2010 standards.

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