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Choosing a Strong Password

Simple passwords do not provide a great degree of protection because they are easy to guess. Think of your bank PIN for example - you are advised against using your birth date.

Westnet require that passwords adhere to a Password Policy consisting of some basic conditions designed to make passwords stronger. In addition, there are a number of other ways to improve the strength of a password.

You can choose a much stronger password by:

  • Using a mix of letters, numbers and punctuation
  • Using a combination of upper-case and lower-case letters
  • Using a longer password - adding 3 or 4 extra characters can make your password million of times harder to guess

We also recommend that you DO NOT:

  • Use dictionary words (from any language, particularly English)
  • Use your name or names of your family or pets
  • Use common names, names from literature or names from popular culture (e.g. singers, artists, etc)
  • Use sequences of characters that are clustered together on the keyboard (e.g. QWERTY123)

Tips to Remember Passwords

There are some things you can do to help maintain strength while making a password easier to remember. For example:

  • Use two or more words that are less common
    • Put punctuation in between the words and/or individual letters
    • Deliberately misspell the words, e.g. switch letters around and substitute some letters for others
  • Create a unique acronym by using the first letter from each word in a sentence (for example a quote from your favourite book, poem, movie or television show), remembering to add some punctuation and numbers too.
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