22 June 2021
How to Create Strong Passwords Online
We all need to use passwords to keep our online accounts secure, and it is just the same for children on their favourite apps, sites and games. It is important to use strong, secure passwords and to keep them safe.
Your child might have had an account or game hacked, or know of friends that have, and this can often be due to using weak passwords or sharing their passwords with friends.
Your child might be tempted to share a password as an act of friendship, or a way to show they trust someone, it is important to talk with them about why this isn’t a good idea and that shared passwords could be misused so it is best to keep them private.
Helping your child to know how to create a strong password will empower them with good habits as their online activities grow. We have some useful tips for you and your child to create strong passwords.
How to create strong passwords
You can use apps specifically designed to manage your passwords or some devices, such as mobile phones, have their own built in password manager. These can be very helpful as you only need to remember one password for the app as it creates and stores all your other passwords. But it is still a good idea to know how to create a strong password if you need to.
If you are creating your own passwords, here are some tips to help you make sure that they are strong.
- The longer the password, the stronger it generally is, so use at least 10 characters.
- Use both upper and lower case letters.
- Add in numbers and symbols too.
Lots of apps won’t accept a new password until it has each of the above to make sure that it is a strong password.
Here is an example of a way to create a strong password that you can remember:
- Pick your favourite pop star, e.g. Billie Eilish
- Pick your favourite song by that pop star, e.g. Your Power
- Join them together - BillieEilishYourPower
- That’s quite long but easy to remember, so let’s make it stronger, change ‘e’ for ‘3’ and add a symbol between the name and the song - Billi33ilish*YourPow3r
The resulting password ticks each of the requirements for a strong password (it’s long, it uses upper and lower-case letters, it has numbers and symbols) so it would take a long time for someone to guess or a computer to crack the password. But remember, a password is only strong if it isn’t shared so here are our top tips.