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.
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
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.