Stronger passwords = stronger protection!
Strong passwords are a vital defence against unauthorised access to your online accounts.
By using strong, complex passwords for each of your accounts, you will reduce the potential for a cybercriminal to access your account and help keep your sensitive data safe.
Here are some tips on using passwords:
- A strong password typically includes a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
- Longer is better - use ‘3 random words’ to make a passphrase – connect three random words that mean something to you together, such as HappyLaptopRabbit
- Avoid using predictable words such as ‘password’, Password1, etc
- Avoid using personal information such as dates, family member or pets names, or references to the place where you live or things that you like such as ‘LiverpoolFC’ – hackers look on social media to find out these things about you
- Don’t re-use the same password across multiple accounts - if you do and one of your accounts is compromised then your other accounts will also become vulnerable to attack
- Use a reputable password manager to securely keep track of your login credentials
- Don’t tell your password to anyone!
If you think your password may have been compromised, change it immediately.