It’s important to have a good passwords because they prevent unauthorised access accessing your private data.
If a password is easy to crack a cybercriminal can:
- Access to your bank account criminal simply has to break it to gain access to everything.
- Purchase items online with your money.
- Impersonate you on social media.
- Send emails in your name.
- Access private information held on your computer
TIPS to keep your security of passwords online safer and more secure:
- Avoid saving passwords to browsers
- Keep it unique
- Make every password unique and secure, even if it’s for a service that you’re only going to use once or twice. There’s always a chance, that one day you’ll give these ‘lesser services’ your credit card details.
- Make them long
- Make them Random
- Avoid using common phrases, quotes,references, and passwords such as birthdays, anniversaries, pet’s names, the word ‘password’,ascending or descending numbers for example 4321 or 12345 or duplicated numbers such as 1111, a word from the dictionary word
- Regularly change them
- Vary them
- Never use the same password for different accounts
- Criminals can simply guess one password and then break into numerous websites
- Don’t recycle passwords – for example password2, password3
- Encrypt your passwords
- If you write passwords down, do it in a way that you can read, but makes them indecipherable to others.
- Use an online password vault or safe
- Modify easy-to-remember phrases
- One tip is to think of a passphrase, like a line from a song, and then use the first letter from each word, substituting numbers for some of the letters. For example: “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” could become “10oBb0tW”.