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Be Cyber Savvy - Password Protection

After all the advice I have proffered in relation to keeping yourself safe online, it is with embarrassment that since my last article, I myself have had my Facebook account hacked *hangs head in shame*. I discovered this when a friend of mine phoned me to ask for more information about the fail safe investment opportunity I had messaged her about. I just about have time to write this article before I take early retirement and set off on my round the world cruise….we can all dream.

Here are some top tips for making sure you have a strong password which will be less susceptible to being hacked.

  • Don’t replace letters for numbers, eg a ‘3’ for an ‘e’ or a ‘4’ for an ‘a’. This is a common technique known by criminals.
  • Don’t stick to the minimum length of password – the longer the better.
  • Consider a ‘passphrase’ rather than a password. These can be easy to remember but because of their length, more difficult to crack. For example, a phrase from a favourite song, three random words or a line from a film.
  • Don’t recycle passwords by just changing the last number.
  • If you have a strong password, it is not recommended that you frequently change it.
  • Avoid your own name, friends or family names or pet names. Also avoid numerical sequences.
  • The biggest crime of all is using the word ‘password’ as your password!

If you think you have been targeted by online criminals, go to https://haveibeenpwned.com/

This website will check your email address to see if it has been compromised in a data breach where your details may have been exposed to the public.

For more information visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/