Password Tips

PasswordOver time I’ve come across many people using simple passwords, either by using a family name in the password, the name of their pet or favourite sports team! Which can be very easy for determined crooks to hack.

With cybercrime hitting the news again, here are some password tips to keep your accounts secure and safe, away from intruders and imposters.

1. Use different passwords for each of your online accounts

Never use the same password for your email account, online banking account, shopping account etc.

Using the same password for everything is akin to using the same key to open your car, front door or shed, once a criminal has access to one, they have access to them all. It may be less convenient, but using multiple passwords will keep you securer.

2. Include numbers, capital letters and symbols in your passwords.

Now that we’ve addressed that you should use unique passwords for your different online accounts, use a long password made up of a mixture of numbers, letters and symbols each time you create a password. The longer the password, the better. Longer passwords are harder for thieves to crack.

Avoid using publicly available information in your password, such as your phone number. It’s not very original, and easy for criminals to crack.

3. Set up recovery options

Most browsers give you the option to save a password once you’ve created it, so you won’t have to always type it in when visiting a site, yet if you forget a password or get locked out, many services will send an email to you at your recovery email address if you need to reset your password, so always make sure your recovery email address is up-to-date and with an account that you can still access.

If possible, add a phone number, so your password can be reset via a code sent to your mobile phone. Many services offer an option to verify your identity if someone logs on to your account from an unrecognized device by sending a text message for you to verify by phone, so adding your telephone number works great for back up and added security.

You may also have the option of adding a secondary email account as back up too if you forget a password.

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