Twitter account hacked? How strong is your password?

Are you fed up with your on-line accounts being attacked by cyber criminals? 

The most effective thing you can do is create a strong complex password using a combination of letters, punctuation, symbols and numbers.

The length of your password should be at least eight characters long.

Password

Create a secure password

Don’t use the same password to access all your accounts.

Change your passwords regularly – well at least a couple of times a year.

What to do Example
Start with a selection of words.  Try using the lyrics of your favourite song, nursery rhyme, line from a poem Mary had a little lamb
Now remove the spaces between the words in the sentence. Maryhadalittlelamb
Replace letters with numbers, convert to shorthand or deliberately misspell a word. Ma2yhadal1ttl3lamb
Add length with numbers. Put numbers that are meaningful to you after the sentence like the date up changed the password. Ma2yhadal1ttl3lamb02.2013

There are several websites that allow you to check the strength of your password

https://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/password-checker.aspx

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20069069-285/how-to-check-the-strength-of-your-passwords/

http://password-checker.online-domain-tools.com/

Cyber criminals are getting better at cracking your password so don’t make it easy for them and avoid the following:-

  • Dictionary words in any language.
  • Words spelled backwards, common misspellings, and abbreviations.
  • Sequences or repeated characters. Examples: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or adjacent letters on your keyboard (qwerty).
  • Personal information – avoid using information such as your date of birth, your name, Passport details, National Insurance number or anything that would assist criminals with identity theft.

Have you ever had your account hacked?

What is your top tip for creating a secure password?