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World Password Day: 5 tips to create a strong, secure password

It's World Password Day today, so we're celebrating with some tips to help you ensure that your private data stays safe and secure.

From the name of our first pet to a loved one's name or favorite holiday destination, we all have a bank of memories that may help us form the basis of our passwords. However, with data breaches are in full force, it’s never been more important to think carefully about how your passwords are created and take the steps needed to prevent your personal data from being compromised. Let's not make it easy for the internet bad guys.

If you want to stay vigilant against all types of attack, from password hacks to malware attacks, there a lot of things to consider but picking a good, strong password is a really important place to start.

A strong password should:

1. Contain a lot of characters – use the maximum length available!

2. Contain a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Make substitutions, such as $ for S

3. Not include keyboard patterns e.g. ‘Qwerty12345’

4. Not include something obvious or relevant to you, such as your name or first line of your address. Even better, make it a word not in the dictionary at all. Consider using an acronym from a phrase

5. Be unique to each site you log into. Using the same password to access multiple accounts means hackers could access all your accounts with a single password. If remembering them all sounds tricky, consider using a password manager such as LastPass.

Lastly, never share your passwords. A reputable company will never email or call you out of the blue asking you to change your password or confirm your security details. Take advantage of any additional levels of security available such as Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), which asks for authorization via another trusted device, such as your mobile phone, when a login is attempted.

CCleaner can come in handy as it quickly erases cookies, which store passwords. If you use your own PC and want to clean it using Custom Clean without deleting passwords, simply uncheck the 'Cookies' option under the browser you have been using, in the left menu. If you are using Health Check, you can choose whether to erase cookies by clicking on the cog on the 'Privacy' tab

We hope these tips help! If you have any comments please tweet us. We're @CCleaner.

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