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Password is not a password

15 July 2015

Have you ever thought about how secure your password is? Could someone guess your passwords and gain access to private accounts?
This blog is a basic overview of common passwords that people are using and how to make your passwords stronger and less obvious to guess.

How to create a strong password

  • Make your password at least 8 characters long.
  • Utilise upper and lowercase letters in your password:
    ABC - abc.
  • Incorporate numbers into your password:
    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0.
  • Incorporate symbols into your password:
    ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ / - + { } : ” < > ? , . ’
  • Utilise partial words in your passwords: Aust#%1726!.

Things not to do

  • Don’t reuse passwords over and over again; if one password gets compromised they are all compromised.
  • Don’t use your own name as a password.
  • Don’t use your business name as password.
  • Don’t replace an “a” with an @ symbol.
  • Don’t replace an “s” with a $ sign.
  • Don’t replace an o with a 0 (Zero).
  • Don’t use full words.

Change your password

For security reasons I strongly recommend that you take the time to change your password periodically.

Common passwords that you should avoid!

  • password
  • password1
  • 123456
  • 1234
  • qwerty
  • qwertyuiop
  • incorrect
  • dragon
  • abc123
  • access
  • letmein
  • welcome
  • computer
  • admin
  • secret
  • football


Check out this interesting video for further information.

Further Information

Matt Salter

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Matt Salter
Project Manager / Developer
UBC Web Design