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What makes a password strong?

Strong passwords are unique and random.

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Why should my password be unique?

If you use the same password for both your email account and your bank account login, an attacker only needs to steal one password to get access to both accounts, doubling your exposure. If you've used that same password for 14 different accounts, you're making the attacker's job very, very easy. You can protect yourself by using a generator to create unique passwords that are easy to remember.

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Why should my password be random?

Random passwords are hard to guess and harder for computer programs to crack. If there's a discernible pattern, the odds of an attacker using a brute force attack and gaining access to your account goes up exponentially. Random passwords might contain a jumble of unrelated characters, but combining unrelated words also works. That's how the 1Password Strong Password Generator creates passwords that are easy to remember but still cryptographically strong.

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I need to generate a memorable, but strong password. Any tips?

A random password generator is the best way to generate passwords that are both secure and easy to remember. But if you find yourself without access to the Strong Password Generator tool, keep these tips in mind to stay safe online.

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Never include personally identifiable information in your passwords – or any fields related to your login credentials for that matter. You might be surprised at how much of that information can be found online. Those three security questions that your bank requires for you to log in? Don't answer those. Instead, use the Strong Password Generator to generate random, unique answers to those questions. Save the answers in your 1Password Vault just like you would a regular password, and you're good to go.

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Remember, randomness is a critical factor in password strength, and the best way to generate a truly random password is with a password generator. If you need a password that's both random and memorable, simply select “Memorable Password” in the password generator. Instead of a random character set, you'll get four easy-to-remember words strung together.

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If possible, try to make your password length at least 16 characters long. Length can make a password much stronger than adding special characters to a password. A 12-character, letters-only password is just eight times harder to crack than a 12-character password with numbers, for example. But a 16-character, letters-only password is eight million times harder to guess than a 12-character password.


Similarly, there's no need to include a specific combination of numbers, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and symbols. Doing so doesn't necessarily make the password stronger. What's more important is that the words used are random. However, because some services have specific character requirements, the random password generator includes options to accommodate those requirements – not because it makes a stronger password, but because it makes it easier for you to create a password that works.

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But strong passwords are only one part of account security. You can add an extra layer of protection by enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA). This requires an additional form of verification beyond your username and password – typically a code that expires after a short period of time. Our password manager can act as a third-party authenticator app to store and deliver these codes, blocking any attacker who only knows your username and password.