Good Password Practices and Advice

When registering on any site everyone should choose a good password that will be hard to work out or 'crack'. 
Our advice and guidelines for securely logging into are as follows. 

When registering log in details and creating a password:
  1. Contain 1 or more numbers
  2. Contain 1 or more letters
  3. A password should be 8 or more characters long
  4. Use a mix of numbers, letters and non-dictionary words to create strong, hard-to-crack passwords  
  5. Avoid dictionary words or names in any form
  6. Refrain from using common mis-spellings of dictionary words (including replacing a letter "l" with the number "1" etc) 
  7. Refrain from using any personal words/names as held on your account ie your name or any name associated with your account, house number/name, street, city, etc 
Do not :
  • give your password to anyone for any reason
  • use the same password for multiple systems
  • store your password in a browser or application
  • send your password in reply to an email
  • click links or attachments in emails unless you know the sender and you were expecting the message
  • have your username the same as your password and vice versa
Please do remember that your password is like your signature; giving it to other people is like providing them with the authority to sign your name and implies that whatever they do has your approval. 

Posted Thursday, April 7, 2016 by