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Strong Passwords

A strong password is your first line of defence against would be attackers. Don't make it easy for them, follow these steps to creating passwords to help keep you safe online.

Your most important accounts are your email and online banking. With access to your email, a hacker can take control of all your online accounts, by asking for the password to be reset, and use the information your email contains can easily be pieced together to create a profile of your identity.

 

Computer within a ComputerThe Do's and Don'ts of Making a Strong but Memorable Password:

1) Never use any word which is related to you and may be easy to guess, for example by looking at your social media pages. Absolutely never use:

  • Pet's name
  • Other family members' name
  • Favourite holiday
  • Current partner's name
  • Child's name
  • Place of birth
  • Something related to your favourite sports team

2) One method is to simply choose three random words. Numbers and symbols can still be used, however, using three random words can be the key to creating a strong password.

3) Use a new password for each account. This is very important as if you are using the same password for every account you are at risk of your password from one account being exposed, leading to all of your accounts being exposed. This can make it tricky to remember each password for each account, however this problem is easily overcome with the assistance of a trustworthy password manager.