How to Create a Strong Password

Modified on Wed, 5 Oct, 2022 at 9:00 PM

Passwords are everywhere and it can be easy to fall into the trap of re-using passwords or creating a password that's quick rather than secure. So how do you create a strong password?:

Use a Password Manager

If you have access to a password manager, use this to generate long, complex and random passwords for each account. If you don't have access to a password manager, talk to Lineal; we can help provide, set up and maintain password managers for the whole business

Otherwise, follow these recommendations:

Make it Long

Length is the single most important element of your password. 14 characters should be the bare minimum, but the longer you can make it the more secure your password will be.

Make it Strong

Use three random, unrelated dictionary words. It's quick to create, often straightforward to remember and will almost always meet the length requirements. Examples of such passwords could be:

  1. parachute-conflict-champagne
  2. PositiveMatrixCharter
  3. stretch willpower market

Some systems and compliance frameworks still require a mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. This actually goes against current guidance from NCSC, NIST & Microsoft! If you need to adhere to these controls, add some extra characters to your three random words.

Passwords should be like Snowflakes

Always use a unique passphrase for each service. Never re-use or repeat. This includes incrementing a number within the passphrase.

Don't Use a Password at all

If your company or service supports them, consider using hardware tokens, biometric logons or passwordless logon methods instead.

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