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Step up your password game on World Password Day 2018

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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:

  1. Use a minimum of eight characters (twelve is better!)
  2. Include a combination of lower case, upper case, numbers and symbols
  3. 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!
  4. Choose unrecognisable keypad patterns. '1234' or ‘abcd’ are too easy
  5. Have a different password for each system you log in to - passwords are not recyclable!
  6. Change your passwords regularly
  7. Keep them secret (don’t even give hints)
  8. Ensure all your devices are protected by a password, pin or fingerprint
  9. Use a password manager to securely store all of your passwords
  10. 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.

Last updated: 03 May 2018