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Tutorial: Is your password secure?

Securing your Blockchain wallet begins with having a secure password. Because we don’t have access to your password, it’s essential that you treat your password with the same value you’d treat your funds. If you forget your password, we can’t retrieve it for you. Write your passwords (and mnemonic) down and store them somewhere safe (just as you would store cash, gold or other valuables).

We prefer to think of our passwords as passphrases. The term password indicates it ought to be one word. A secure password should be anything but one word. It should be a unique lengthy combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

When signing up for a new wallet, it’s so important to make sure your password meets several criteria:

  • Is there a pattern? Your password shouldn’t be repetitive or a discernible pattern.
  • Possibly a word: Your password shouldn’t contain a dictionary word, the name of someone you know or someone famous.
  • Length: How many characters is your password? It should be at the very minimum 10 characters (we’d recommend one even longer).
  • Character variety: Ensure you use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

Our new wallet page will help you create a password that is unique and fulfills all the requirements that help build a strong password. After you’ve typed in your password, take a look below to view its strength. Here are some results you’ll see when an insecure password is entered:

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As you make your password stronger, these criteria will slowly be eliminated and it will indicate whether your password is too short or a decent length.

We hope this advice helped you understand the value in a secure password. Please follow the above tips to set up a secure password for your wallets!