Your password is one-way hash encrypted which means it can never be read or retrieved in a human readable format. Instead, each time you sign in, what you type gets encrypted with the same one-way algorithm and has to match the stored value.Be password smart:
- Choose passwords carefully – don't use obvious things like your account name, date of birth (or, indeed, the word ‘password’). Also try to use different passwords for different accounts; otherwise, if a thief manages to get access to one account, they’ll access them all.
- Passwords should be over 6 characters in length and contain numeric and special characters. Pass phrases over 15 characters in length are also allowed.
- Try to ensure your passwords and other log–in details are unique and could not easily be guessed by other people.
- Try to memorise your passwords and other security information – don't write them down for someone to find and use.
- Never store your passwords on your computer. It's much safer to type in your password each time you access the service.
- If you suspect your password has been comprised, change it immediately.
- Remember to log out at the end of a session.