Is Your Password 100% Secure? Learn How To Beat The Cyber Criminals
More than half of all UK businesses were targeted by cyber criminals in 2016. That figure is expected to rise even further when the details of last year are released! So how do you stop these digital crooks from accessing our social media, emails and bank accounts?
The answer is simple, have a vice-like password.
Cyber criminals are no different to the average crook on the street. If you leave your door wide open they’ll be in there like a shot. Even if you have locked the door, some locks are so weak that they’ll be able to smash through it with minimum force. If you want to protect your personal details you want a password that’s tighter than your mate Dave when it’s his turn to buy a round!
Hackers are now incredibly sophisticated. They thrive on the challenge of accessing data. It’s a huge game for them. Even the best passwords are not fool-proof, but at least you are taking all the necessary precautions to protect your details.
And it’s vital that you do. After your information has been compromised the attacker can use the ‘forgot your password?’ facility to access login details for other sites, including online banking or shopping. They can also use your social media accounts to scam your followers by sending them malicious links.
So do you choose a great password?
Here are a list of dos and don’ts when it comes to choosing a password.
- Use a mixture of numbers, symbols, uppercase and lowercase letters
- Make sure that the password is at least eight characters long
- Incorporate abbreviated phrases for passwords
- Use different passwords for every website
- Edit your passwords on a consistent basis
- Log out of sites and devices after you have finished using them
- Pick a familiar used password like ‘123456’, ‘password’, ‘qwerty’ or ‘111111’
- Leave a public computer unattended whilst you are logged into your account
- Use a single word. Hackers can use dictionary-based systems to smash passwords
- Use a derivative of your name, family member’s name, pet’s name, phone number, address or birthday
- Write down your password, share it or let anyone else use your login details
- Answer ‘yes’ when asked to save your password to a computer browser
Please remember that no password is 100 per cent secure so choosing one that is unique to you is a great start.
One technique that has been recommended by security experts is the random three word password. Basically you use three objects that are within your eye line. For example, you could use phonescreenmouse or picturecatbed – depending on what’s around you – combined with a # and numbers.
But at the end of the day, your password must be memorable to you. What’s the point of having the best password in the world if you can’t even remember it?!