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)
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.