We all rely on passwords to access bank accounts, social media, email and more. That’s why protecting them is so important. Creating a strong password is the first step in reducing the risk of unauthorised access to your systems or accounts.

How to create strong passwords

  • Use a mimimum of 10 characters, a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters like #,&, and *.
  • Consider creating unique passphrases that only you will know. Passphrases are longer and more complex than passwords. For example, 'AreY0uACyberCri1minal?BadLuckm8'.
  • Avoid using keyboard patterns such as 'qwerty' or ‘qazwsx', repeated letters (e.g bbbbb) or sequential numbers (e.g 123456789).
  • Make passwords hard-to-guess and avoid using the names of your children, partner, pets or your birthday.
  • Ensure you create different passwords for your different accounts.
  • Don't share your passwords with anyone.
  • Consider using a password manager to help you create and manage strong passwords.


Pick the strongest password from the below.


Incorrect. Never use a date.


Incorrect. You should not use easy-to-guess information, and especially personal information such as a pet’s name in your password. It is also under 10 characters long and does not contain any numbers or special characters.


Incorrect. This password uses numbers next to each other on a keyboard. It also has less than 10 characters.


Incorrect. While this is a long password (passphrase), it’s a well- known phrase.


Correct. This password has over 10 characters, uses a combination of upper and lowercase letters and has a number and a special character (@). Because this password stands for ‘My dog’s name is Milo’ this password is complex, and easier to remember.