Passwords are the first line of defense that we have to protect ourselves from hackers and others who have ill intentions. Fortunately, it isn’t that hard to create a strong password, which is easy to remember. With a few simple ideas you can keep those hackers at bay.
In this tutorial, learn more about:
What makes a good password?
- Use at least 8 characters (the longer the more secure)
- Use a mix of characters:
- Upper case letters (A – Z)
- Lower case letters (a – z)
- One or more numbers (0-9)
- At least one or two special characters, such as a $ or * or !
Make sure you avoid these common mistakes:
- Use of common words like ‘password’ and names, including your login name, your own or a family member’s name, a pet’s name, or any proper name.
- Tricky, common character substitutions, like ‘p@55w0rd’
- Sequences, like ‘123456’ or ‘abcdef’. Even reversed sequence of characters, like '654' and 'ONM' will weaken the password.
- Neighboring keystrokes like ‘qwerty’
- Repeated characters, like ‘aaaaaaa’
- Complete dates, like ‘01261987’ and other easy to guess personal information. Especially avoid using birth dates, your phone number, address, license plate number, or anything else someone could guess or look up about you.
Sounds complicated? Secure password manager apps got your back.
Now that you know how to make a good, strong password, how do you remember it without writing it down? Managing your password is also an important part of your Tresorit account security, as Tresorit does not store your password, so we can't recover it.
We recommend signing up to a password manager app. We really like LastPass and KeePass, but there are other great options on the market. These are useful tools to store your password: storing your password securely is their key competence, but password managers can also help you to create complex, unguessable passwords when you sign up for a new website, support frequent changes with password history and so on.
As you become more comfortable with these tips, you’ll find that password management is easy like 1-2-3, if it’s done carefully. We encourage you to update your passwords frequently. Don’t give hackers free reign over your valuable information. Make them work hard and end up empty-handed.