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Six tips for creating strong passwords

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According to a recent study, the passwords "123456", "azerty" and "password" are still at the top of the rankings! In Belgium, add to this top 3 "Anderlecht" and "Standard"!

These passwords provide absolutely no protection! We know that cyberattacks are becoming increasingly frequent, against both businesses and individuals.
As well as keeping your antivirus up to date, you also need a safe, effective password! Here are our six tips to mark the World Password day on May 7th.

Tip 1
To avoid 'cascade hacking', do not use the same password for all your accounts (social media, bank account, email, etc.).

Tip 2
Do not keep using the same passwords for several years. We recommend changing them every year, or even every quarter for accounts containing sensitive data.

Tip 3
A safe, effective password must contain a minimum of 13 characters and be a combination of lower case, upper case, numbers and special characters.
Make sure you do not include any personal information (date of birth, address, names of your children or pets, etc.) and do not use repetition (BRIC1, BRIC2, BRIC3… or BBRRIICC).

Are you lacking in imagination? Choose a phrase, or a film or book title, use its initials and combine them with numbers and symbols.

Example:

  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • OU1tiW
  • may2022@OU1tiW 

Tip 4
Do not put your password on a post-it, in your wallet or in an email. Do not store it in a browser and do not share it with anyone.

Tip 5
Use two-stage verification procedures whenever possible. The first element is usually your password. The second is given to you by an app, a token or a box, or sent by email.

Tip 6
If you are worried that you won't remember more than five different passwords, then you can use a password manager. Then you will only have one password for managing all your accounts. Obviously, this single password must also be designed to be as secure as possible.