The use of strong passwords is essential in order to protect your information and identity. The best security in the world is useless if a fraudster has access to a legitimate username and password. Strong passwords can take years to crack; weak passwords can be cracked in less than 5 minutes.
What makes a strong password?
More than 8 characters. Having a long and complex password makes it difficult for hackers to decipher.
Varied. Random words made up of a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
Unique. Avoid using the same password across multiple accounts. It would only take one successful attack for all your information to be stolen.
Easy for you to remember. But difficult for someone to guess (avoid birthdays, pet names etc.).
Replace letters with numbers and symbols. Use a movie title or character you like. For example SP!D3Rm@n – a variation of Spiderman.
A line of a song. One that other people would not associate with you- fly1ngw1Th0Utw!nGs!
A phrase known to you. “Consider yourself at home” and take the first character from each word- CYAH. Then combine this with numbers and symbols- C.2!Y64a?H@
Create your own unique password using these tips (Don’t use these examples!)