Tips & tricks for password security

22 October 2021

How you can increase the security of your own account through simple measures.

Ideally, a strong password

Does not contain any information about the user that is publicly available (e.g. name, date of birth, place of residence) or shared on social media

Does not contain words that can be looked up in a dictionary

Contains at least 8 characters, preferably 15 or more

Represents a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters

Is not to be noted down (on paper or digitally) and not to be passed on

Is changed regularly

Is selected differently for each account

Examples for strong passwords are: WfN#ZPC*D3N#Ukm or @KC#MM%Ch3xQMQV.

A good method for a strong password is to memorize a sentence and to create the password from the first letter of each word only. Ideally, some of the letters obtained in this way are then replaced by numbers and / or special characters.

Using a password manager can also make it easier to create and manage strong passwords.