Every online account is secured with a password. Choosing a strong yet memorable password can be a tall order.

So how do you make sure your family’s PlayStation Network accounts stay secured and easily accessible? Read on to see our tips for a tough to crack but easy to remember password.

Tip 1: Include special characters

  • Use at least 8 characters, a long password is a more secure password.
  • Use different kinds of characters: lower case, upper case, special characters (£, &, ?, ! etc.) and numbers.
  • Use look-a-like characters, for example: O and 0 or L and £.

Besides these formal guidelines, a good tip to remember your password is to use a phrase you like. A phrase of roughly 3 or 4 words which holds special characters as described above is easier to remember than a string of characters chosen at random.

Tip 2: Avoid common password mistakes

Although it is a very nice gesture to use the name of your kid as your password, it is not the most secure way to go. A couple of things to avoid when you are creating your new password:

  • Avoid using names of people, pets or places.
  • Avoid using birthdates or dates of special occasions like weddings and anniversaries.
  • Avoid common sequences of letters and numbers, such as ABCD or 1234.
  • Don't use common acronyms.
  • Try to avoid using the same password for various accounts and applications.

Tip 3: Offline security

Now that you’ve chosen the perfect password, the next step is to make sure your passwords are secured offline too.

It is not advised to write down your account details but if you do, keep them in a safe location

How to change the password of my PlayStation Network account?

If you already know your current PSN account password, changing it is a piece of cake.

  1. Go to [Settings]
  2. Navigate to [Account management]
  3. Open the [Security] menu
  4. Select [Change password] and follow the on-screen instructions

If you are unsure about how to navigate the PlayStation 4 interface, please see our detailed step-by-step instructions by clicking the button below:

Haven't found what you were looking for on this page? Try searching for a solution to your query on the main PlayStation support website. Are you a parent and do you want to learn more about the game console your kids love so much, check out any of our related articles, such as How to reset your PSN password or How to find your next favourite games: 3 tips.