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Creating a Strong Password - Tips and Tricks

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How to make a strong password in 3 easy steps 

Note: Do not use any of the examples we have shown here, Make sure you come up with something unique! 


Step 1: Pick three random words 

Pick three random words from a book or use a random word generator (they’re free online). For example, you could pick these 3 words: lightning (9 characters), anchor (6 characters) planet (6 characters). Put them together and make sure they’re more than 12 characters. 

Step 2: Mix it up! 

Most websites require that you include some combination of capital letters, symbols, and numbers in your password. For example Lighting!anchorplanet3  

Don’t go overboard. Make sure any changes are easy to remember 

Step 3: Make is unique 

Your password needs to be different for each site so you can limit any problems to that one. It’s easy to do with modifiers like these: 

Facebook: Lighting!anchorplanet3FB  

PayPal: Lightning!anchorplanet3PP 

Following these simple steps means that you have a long, complex passphrase that is easy to remember and different for each site! 

Tip: Brain Savers! 

Don’t waste your password. Use “junk” passwords on Sites that don’t hold personal information, Sites that use week protection, Sites you only intend to use one. 


Get more security tips on now.avg.com 

Creating a Strong Password - Tips and Tricks
Stephanie Alexander