We are following on from last weeks online safety post on web addresses and we thought it would be a good idea to discuss password safety and give you some tips. Here’s what Tony McGovern had to tell us!

Passwords

Passwords, now needed for everything under the sun. You want to use your phone (enter password). What about watching a movie online (enter password). Checking work emails (enter password). Surely getting into your house is easy? Alas no. Your kids demand the password or bribes of sweets first.

Every account you use requires a password and passwords should be changed regularly. It is not as simple as adding 1 to the end of your password any more and that’s really bad practice!

It is strong?

Create strong passwords were passwords are 8 characters or more using upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and a special character.

Avoid commonality. Don’t use common words (dogs or Childs name), your birthday or anything which can be easily guessed. If you need to use a word you can remember, substitute letters for numbers and mix up the caps. Here is an example: QuB5!#Ru1e.

You think you’ve made a strong password that no one is ever going to guess this. You’ve another 20+ accounts to create passwords for. Please do NOT use the same password for them all, even it it is a strong password. If someone finds and uses your password, they essentially have access to everything! All your accounts and your personal details.

More passwords…

Use different passwords per account. If you get hacked, they only have access to one account. It is not ideal but it would be worse if they got into everything. That’s were the real damage begins.

This should go without saying. Don’t share your passwords, usernames, bank details or anything else anywhere. If for some reason you have to share it (which I really do not recommend), change the password after.

There will be many big complicated passwords to remember. It’s not a good idea to write those passwords down and carry it around, what if your bag/wallet got pinched?

Managing passwords

You can not remember all you passwords? What about using a password manager? Password managers creates long, unique and complicated passwords for every App, website and account you use. It remembers all passwords and enters them into websites or accounts as required.

These password managers are safe and secure, they remove a lot of risk. This leaves you having to remember ONE password, which gets you into the password manager. One password to rule them all!

Recap
  • Use strong passwords with a minimum of 8 characters using upper and lower case letters, numbers and a special character.
  • Use different passwords for different accounts.
  • Consider using a password manager to generate and hold unique and secure passwords for each App and website you use.  
  • Never share your usernames, passwords, bank details or other sensitive information. 

By regularly changing your passwords, having strong passwords and using a password manager, it makes your accounts more secure. If hackers do try to encroach, it makes their jobs harder!


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