Is Your Password Strong enough?
Most people have a long list of accounts online, from social media to shopping. Most People use the same password for all of them. This is simply not safe, yet keeping track of multiple passwords can be a nightmare. This short blog explains how to choose the right passwords and how you can keep them secure.
Why do I need to worry about my password?
A password is paramount to protecting your personal data online safe. Passwords are our first line of defence against cyber criminals online.
Why do I need more than one password?
Many people are guilty of using the same password over and over again. We recently put out a poll on Facebook and 67% of the voters admitted to using the same password on multiple websites. If a website you use was hacked and your password is stolen, anyone who gets hold of it can also break into your other accounts that have the same password. Sadly, as shown in recent hacks at sites like Google and British Airways, in which millions of account details were stolen, these attacks are not uncommon.
You can check if you have been compromised in many recent breaches using the HaveIBeenPwned? Tool)
So, how do I pick strong passwords for my accounts?
There is no single best way of doing this and there are many different schools of thought on this. We just need to find what works for you. Get Safe Online suggests you start with three random words, and include lower- and upper-case letters. To make it more secure, add in numbers and symbols (such as @ # $ % ^ & *) – and make it at least eight characters long. For example Th3B!gr3Dd()9
Ultimately, your password shouldn’t be easily guessed – so don’t include your username or other public info – and must be easy for you to remember. For a full list of do’s and don’ts, see Get Safe Online.
That’s all very well, but how will I remember them all?
Please look at this step by step help;
Decide on a number of keywords. – Pick words that mean something to you but are not easily guessable or obvious.
Decide on a few key numbers. – Avoid personal dates like birthdays
Now put the both together and capitalise some and not others.
Note the password down but in CODE somewhere safe and convenient. Never write the full words or numbers down.