Tips for creating a strong password
It's important, whenever creating an online password, to think carefully about your choice, striking the balance between memorability and vulnerability. Too obvious, or simple a password could be easily guessed, too complicated and there's a good change you will forget it.
Passwords to avoid
We prevent the most commonly used passwords and your previously-used password from being created on our website. To this end, please avoid using any of the following as your password:
- Your name or nickname
- Your email address
- The names of your family members (including maiden names), or pets
- The name of a famous person, music group or sporting team that you are known to like
- The same password that you use for your email account
- Sequences of numbers, or repeated numbers, for example 123456, or 555555
- A memorable date, especially the dates of birth of you and your family
- The word 'Password', even with an extra digit at the end, for example Password7
- Any other single word, as these are easy for a hacker to guess
- Replacing letters in a common word with numbers, for example Pa55word
Creating a strong password
- Must be at least 10 characters in length, but the longer the better
- Incorporate lower and uppercase letters, numbers and ideally at least one symbol such as £ $ % ^ & * @ ( ) + -
- Try combining two or three unrelated words, BookMarmaladeSnowstorm is harder to guess than HamEggChips
- Mismatch two or more books titles, for example Animal Farm and Fahrenheit 451 could give AnimalFahrenheit451
- Take the first letters from a longer book title, for example The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared could give T100yomwcootwad.
Look after your password and it will look after you.
- Please don't share you password with anyone else
- If you suspect somebody else knows your password, change it immediately
- Ideally, you should use a different password for every website you use
- We will never ask you for your password, neither by email, nor by phone
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