Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Tips for a secure password

Make sure your password is secure to prevent others from logging in under your name and accessing your information.

  1. Choose a password that contains between 8 and 16 characters.
  2. Use a combination of upper and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols.
  3. Think of an easy-to-remember sentence with at least one number and one symbol, for example: 'I love Simon a hundred times more than Arnold'. Then take the first letter from each word and change the numbers and punctuation marks. The secure password would then be: IlSa100tmtA.
  4. If you want to make it extra secure, replace a few characters with other characters that resemble them. In the example, you could replace the capital letter 'I' with a '1', the capital letter 'S' with a dollar sign, the first letter 't' with a capital 'X' and the capital letter 'A' with '@'. Your password would then read as follows: 1l$a100Xmt@. The password virtually unrecognisable to others, but not to you.
Published by  ICT Services 10 March 2015