All about the secrets of passwords

31 January 2017

Here are some tips for managing personal passwords safely.

affiche les mots de passes

A rock solid password

UN MOT DE PASSE EN BÉTON

A password must contain 12 characters of at least 4 types: lower and upper case, numbers, and special characters. It may be shorter if your account implements additional measures.

It says nothing about you

UN COMPTE, UN MOT DE PASSE

No one should guess your password, by typing the name of your dog or of your favourite movie. You’d better use a random number than a year when it comes to your smartphone’s PIN code. 

One account, one password

IL NE DIT RIEN SUR VOUS

To avoid cascading breaches, a sensitive online account (bank, email, social network, etc.) must have its own, unique and dedicated password. 

Never leave it out in the wild

Ne jamais l'abandonner en pleine nature

Post-its, text files, your smartphone and your email box are not designed to store passwords securely. Never save them in the browser of a shared computer.

Two locks are better than one

Deux cadenas valent mieux qu’un

Use strong authentication when it is available. If someone logs in to your account from an unknown device, the service will text or email you. You can decide to grant or refuse access. 

Remember passwords but don’t write them down

…using your brains

... en reposant vos méninges

Pick a sentence, and use the first letter of each word to make up your password. The sentence must contain digits and special characters!

…. Using your password manager

... en travaillant vos neurones

Use a password manager or encrypt your wallet to store your passwords securely. All you have to do is to remember one master password that will keep all your credentials safe. 

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