Passwords. They’re strange, they’re complex, they’re everywhere and are often forgotten. We use them daily to secure and protect our information, finances, emails and devices.
On 3 May, World Password Day reminds us of the importance of strong passwords and the role they play securing our digital information and identity.
Here are 10 tips for better password security:
- Use a minimum of eight characters (twelve is better!)
- Include a combination of lower case, upper case, numbers and symbols
- Use passphrases - random words put together and unrelated to information about you. Family names, date of birth, pet name, street names are a no-no!
- Choose unrecognisable keypad patterns. '1234' or ‘abcd’ are too easy
- Have a different password for each system you log in to - passwords are not recyclable!
- Change your passwords regularly
- Keep them secret (don’t even give hints)
- Ensure all your devices are protected by a password, pin or fingerprint
- Use a password manager to securely store all of your passwords
- Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) for important logins like online banking, critical systems and emails.
For more information on securing your online information, visit the Stay Smart Online website.