How to Create a Secure and Strong Password

Creating Secure Passwords

What are some suggestions for user passwords and what can be done to make them difficult to crack?

Passwords should be 8-14 characters in length. The most secure type of password includes a combination of upper and lower case letters, along with numbers and symbols. For instance,M!n8T3B#w5xG would be a very difficult password to crack, even with a brute force attack from a very determined hacker.

Try to avoid using common words in English or other languages, as well as obvious things like your name, a relative’s name or other words that might easily be guessed by an unauthorized user. Here are examples of bad passwords:

  • any person’s name including yourself, partner, children, relatives, friends, etc.
  • your birthday
  • your Social Security Number, telephone number, address, etc.
  • words or combinations of words from a dictionary, English or any other language
  • numeric sequences, e.g. “1234”
  • words spelled backwards

Never under any circumstance make the password the same as your username or use a password such as “username”, “password”, “admin”, “test”, “guest”, etc.
There are several additional tools out there to make it easier to create a strong password. Try out the The Password Meter which can check the strength of your password. Google has also posted a great write-up on how to create good passwords.


  • 50 Users Found This Useful
Was this answer helpful?

Related Articles

Disk Usage Warning Notification

On NWD, LLC Hosting system, each account has a preset quota limit which corresponds to their web...

How to Submit a Ticket

HOW TO SUBMIT A TICKET It’s easy, either go to our main page at http://northwoodswebdesigns.com...

How to Clear Your DNS Cache

Overview Your DNS cache stores the locations (IP addresses) of web servers that contain web...

How to Clear Your Browser Cache

ABOUT BROWSER CACHE When viewing websites using any browser, its designed to cache (pronounced...

Powered by WHMCompleteSolution