World Password DayIt’s World Password Day, a day dedicated to reminding Internet users to protect themselves on the web by changing their passwords, and we want to help you protect yourself by giving you a step-by-step guide to creating a strong password.

Why are strong passwords important?

Passwords are the keys to your identity on the Internet. Anytime you access personal information on the web, you’re required to enter a password. Even though having a strong password won’t guarantee that your identity is always safe on the Internet, it will help reduce the chances of falling victim to a hacking because it will be more difficult for someone to guess your password and access your personal information.

How do I select a strong password?

A strong password is at least eight characters long — the longer the better — and should consist of any combination of six uppercase and lowercase letters, one number and one special character, such as a ! or #.

World Password DayWhen you’re deciding on what your new password should be, it’s important to select something that isn’t identifying/personal information or anything that’s easy to guess.

Your password should never include:

  • your children’s or parent’s names
  • your birth date
  • your pets’ names
  • your street address
  • your first, middle or last name
  • “123456”
  • “password”
  • “abc123”
  • “iloveyou”

If you’re having a hard time thinking of at least six letters, you should let some of your favorite things inspire you. For example, if you’re an avid Game of Thrones fan, then you may want to use one of your favorite lines or character’s name in your password, such as “all men must die.”

Next, you’ll want to make it all one word and capitalize some of the letters so it’s some variation of this “aLlmeNmustDie.” Lastly, you’ll want to add at least one character and one number, however you can always choose to add more numbers and characters to make it stronger. Here is an example of the final, strong password “aLl#meN18must%Die.”

It’s important to note that you should not pick something too general when you’re deciding on a thing or phrase to build a strong password with. For example, you would not want to select something that most people like, such as ice cream or pizza, and, instead, try to use something that’s very specific and less common, such as “tuna sashimi and soy sauce.”

Also, remember that you should never use the same password or a variation of that password twice. Even though it may seem like a hassle, you’ll be more protected if you have a different password for each of the websites that you use or access personal information on.

Visit our identity theft protection blog to learn more ways to protect your identity in every aspect of your life.