Create a password that is difficult to crack and not to guess
When you register on a website or use Internet banking it is always difficult to come up with a new, strong and unique password. The intention is of course, the password is difficult to guess and not to crack to make at least the life of hackers difficult.
A strong password is a secure password
The news a 'leak' is found in a browser regularly pops up, or data of groups of users have been hacked. You don't even want to think about the fact hackers can get your data? Therefore make sure to make a strong password, and regularly create a new password. Don't use the same password for all your accounts too. How strong is your password?
Are you wondering if you already have a strong password? A strong password has the following characteristics:
1. The password consists of numbers, letters and punctuation marks/special characters;
2. There is at least 1 capital letter, and 1 number in it;
3. The password has a minimum length of 8 and a maximum of 20 characters;
4. The password is not the same as your username;
5. You don't use the same password for more then 3 months.
For banking affairs you can create a password with the following characters:
1. Numbers: 0 till 9;
2. Letters: smal letters (a to z) and capital letters (A to Z);
3. Special characters : dot (.), hyphen (-), dash (_) and exclamation point (!);
4. Remaining characters : @, #, $ en %
Tips for using a strong password:
We recommend to change your password at least 4 times a year. This sometimes makes it hard to create a password to remember. Therefore we give you 5 tips to come up with a strong password and how you can deal with it:
1. Think of a phrase and use the first letter of each word. For example: "There is No place like Home'. Combine this with numbers and special characters. Your password will then be for example: 'TiNplH#! '.
2. Don't use a password that relates directly to you. For example, information which is listed on your social networks (such as your place of residence, or the name of your dog or children);
3. Make up a random word and replace letters or words by adding numbers and special characters. for example, ' profscomputers ' will be ' Pr0fsC0mput3rs! '
4. Do not use the same password everywhere, but use a separate password for your banking, a separate password for your email and social networks.
5. If you must write down your password in order to be able to remember it, don't write it is your password with it. Also, make sure that you write down the password and don't save it somewhere on your computer.
Important: don't use the passwords from these examples.
If you still find it difficult to invent something then you can use the password generator tool below. You'll have the possibility to choose the combination of the password and how long it should be.