Cybercrime – setting a secure passwordPosted: 7th of December 2015 by
With all the news about accounts being hacked and cyber criminals accessing bank details, it’s a good time to think about how secure your information, social media and bank accounts actually are.
Here are some top tips for setting a strong password, and also some of the worst and most often guessed passwords used by people.
- Always set a password that is between 8 and 15 characters in length
- Do not use your name or any name associated with you, such as your company name or the name of your pet as these are far too easy to guess
- Your password should not be a complete word – try incorporating numbers or symbols or mixing the word up
- Mix character type: uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols
Some password setting tips
No matter how tempting it is, always use different passwords for different things – if you use the same password for everything, then once someone has guessed one then they will be able to access everything.
Try constructing a password from a sentence that is memorable, for example: ‘I despise eggs intensely because they are horrible’ becomes, ‘ideibtah’ – now mix up your characters and add symbols and numbers and it becomes ‘iD3ibtaH!’
Never allow your browser to remember your password
Change your passwords regularly (every 4 months say)
Some examples of terrible passwords (DO NOT USE)
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