How to create strong passwords

When you create strong passwords, they can prevent someone else from accessing your account.

The safest and easiest way to create strong passwords is to let Chrome suggest a password for you.

To create passwords on your own, you can consider these tips:

Use different passwords for every account

Password reuse can be risky. If someone gets your password for one of your accounts, they can use that password to gain control of your email account, social media profiles, and even your money.

To prevent this, you can use different passwords for all of your accounts. To manage your passwords easier, learn how to save, manage, and protect your passwords.

Use long & memorable passwords

Long passwords are strong passwords. Make sure your passwords are at least 12 characters long.

To make passwords memorable, you can use:

  • Song lyrics
  • Movie or book quotes
  • Meaningful phrases
  • Abbreviations, such as passwords that contain the first letter of each word in a sentence

Avoid personal info & common words

When you create passwords, do not use info that someone else could know or easily find out. It’s also important to avoid simple words, common phrases, and recognizable patterns.

For example, you can avoid these words and phrases:

  • Obvious passwords, such as "password" or "let me in"
  • Sequences, such as "abcd" or "1234"
  • Keyboard patterns, such as "qwerty" or "qazwsx"
  • Nicknames or initials
  • Name of your child or pet
  • Important birthdays or years
  • Name of your street
  • Numbers from your address

Manage your passwords with a tool

To write down passwords isn’t your safest option. It makes them easier to get stolen or lost.

As an alternative, you can use a trusted password manager that comes with your Google Account at no charge. Learn how to save, manage, and protect your passwords.

When you manage your passwords with a tool, you can:

  • Create and save strong passwords.
  • Protect all your saved passwords with built-in security.
  • Automatically fill in passwords for your accounts.
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