USING SAFE PASSWORDS
We all rely on passwords to access bank accounts, social media, email and more. That’s why protecting them is so important. Creating a strong password is the first step in reducing the risk of unauthorised access to your systems or accounts.
How to create strong passwords
- Use a mimimum of 10 characters, a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters like #,&, and *.
- Consider creating unique passphrases that only you will know. Passphrases are longer and more complex than passwords. For example, 'AreY0uACyberCri1minal?BadLuckm8'.
- Avoid using keyboard patterns such as 'qwerty' or ‘qazwsx', repeated letters (e.g bbbbb) or sequential numbers (e.g 123456789).
- Make passwords hard-to-guess and avoid using the names of your children, partner, pets or your birthday.
- Ensure you create different passwords for your different accounts.
- Don't share your passwords with anyone.
- Consider using a password manager to help you create and manage strong passwords.