Generate a secure password

Passwords are often underestimated in terms of their importance for data security. However, since their use is very common and relatively simple, we would like to provide you with some useful information regarding password security.

A secure password is essential to keep your data and access secure and confidential. A password should never be easy to guess or easy to break with a program, i.e. by trying many different words.

As computers become more and more powerful, the requirements for a secure password change over time. Still, there are a few simple rules to help you choose or generate a secure password.

Simple rules for secure passwords

Use the diceware technique

Below are the steps for a technique called diceware, which will help you generate a secure passphrase:

  • This technique uses a long list of enumerated words, which you can find here.
  • You need 5 dice that you roll at once.
  • You write down the numbers your dice show and look up the corresponding word in the list of words. This way you can generate a passphrase that is easier to remember than a random sequence of numbers and letters.
  • Repeat six times for a secure passphrase of six words.


Comic from about the advantages of the diceware technique

Password manager

Password managers are very handy tools you can use to avoid having to remember all your passwords or to write them down.

When you use a password manager, all you need to remember is one very safe password or passphrase to have access to all your stored passwords. The rest is taken care of by the software helping you generate random and secure passwords for each account and store your credentials safely in an encrypted database on your computer.