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Top tips for creating secure passwords

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Despite years of security experts encouraging people to change their passwords to more secure options, the same passwords top the most used lists, year on year.

Most Common Passwords 2013 (SplashData’s “Worst Passwords of 2013”)
1.  123456
2.  password
3.  12345678
4.  qwerty
5.  abc123
6.  123456789
7.  111111
8.  1234567
9.  iloveyou
10. adobe123

Top tips for creating a secure password

• Use passwords of eight characters or more – the longer the password the more secure it is likely to be

• Use mixed types of characters including upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers and symbols

• Do not use your name, real name or company name in your password

• Avoid using complete words

• Use acronyms – chose a phrase that is meaningful to you.

• Change your password regularly (every 3 months)

• Avoid using the same username/ password for multiple websites