Generating a hack-proof password

Check how you can make your password hack-proof.

With cybercrime and identity theft on the rise, it’s increasingly important to keep your passwords safe. The problem with passwords is you need so many – and trying to remember lots of different ones is too difficult. The default option is to create a single password you find easy to remember and use it for everything. But if it is easy to remember, it may also be easy to hack.

The website passwordsgenerator.net allows you to generate safe passwords. Here’s a list of tips the site provides to help prevent your passwords being hacked by social engineering, brute force or the dictionary attack methods.

Do's

  • Use a password that has at least 16 characters and incorporates at least one number, one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter and one special symbol.
  • It’s recommended to change your passwords every 10 weeks.
  • Turn on two-step authentication whenever possible.
  • Protect your computer with firewall and antivirus software, download software from reputable sites only, and verify the MD5 or SHA1 checksum of the installation package whenever possible.

Dont's

  • Don’t use the same password for multiple important accounts.
  • Don’t use the names of your family members, friends or pets.
  • Don’t use postcodes, house numbers, phone numbers, birthdates, ID card numbers, social security numbers, and so on.
  • Don’t let your web browsers (e.g. FireFox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, IE) store your passwords, as they can be revealed easily.
  • Don’t store your critical passwords in the cloud.