Passwords

A password is an important element of Internet defence.  It is a secret code, known only to you, that will allow you to access certain resources.  You should never tell anyone your password.

It is important to have a strong password that other people cannot easily guess.  Strong passwords should contain a mixture of letters, numbers, other characters and upper case letters, for example, if you knew and liked Shakespeare your password could be 2BorNotTwoB.

Weak or bad passwords are easy to guess and can result in your system being accessed. Examples of bad passwords are things like “password”, “secret” or even a favourite football player, team or favourite soap.  Try this to find out how secure your password is: Sponsored by Dashlane ‘How Secure Is My Password’

A password is stronger if it is a bit more complex.  Remember you can use the entire keyboard to make up a really strong password and the more numbers, letters and symbols it has, the more secure your personal information will be.  A password should be a minimum of 8 characters. You may find the following tips useful for constructing strong passwords:

  • Try not to use details that could be guessed by people who know you
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols
  • Never tell your friends or family your password
  • Never email your password to anyone
  • Keep your username and passwords safe
  • Change your password frequently
  • Make your password as long as possible

If you suspect that someone else knows your password, you should change it immediately.

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