Five password tips and tricks to improve your cyber hygiene (World Password Day)
Five password tips and tricks to improve your cyber hygiene
We like to practice good cyber hygiene every day, and today is no exception - it's World Password Day! To celebrate, I’ve put together my top five password tips to make sure you're on your way to being cyber secure.
1. Use a long password
Longer passwords are often more complex and therefore, harder to crack. At a basic level, cyber-attacks can be carried out by guessing passwords through trial and error of a combination of letters. While more complex attacks exist, a simple way to start practicing good cyber hygiene is to ensure your passwords are long.
2. Include numbers, symbols and a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters
Make your password unique. The more you randomise your password into something that only you could know, the better equipped your password is to withstand a cyber-attack. Each number, symbol, and variation of uppercase and lowercase letters acts as a line of defence between a cybercriminal and your personal information.
3. Don’t use predictable personal information
We project our lives onto the internet. Social media profiles, working history and involvement in recreational organisations often reveal basic personal information about ourselves. Including pet names or sporting teams you support in your passwords are often easily identifiable from your online activity.
4. Don’t reuse your passwords
I get it. We need passwords for everything and it gets tedious and difficult to keep track of all the different passwords you need for day to day life. However, once one password is compromised – reusing passwords can set off a domino effect, compromising nearly all of your accounts. Mixing it up with unpredictable, variable passwords can set up multiple lines of defence to mitigate any damage caused by a cyber-attack.
5. Use a password manager
Password managers are a great way to keep track of all your different passwords. Using features such as Apple’s KeyChain or those available on your device’s app store, password managers store your passwords in a secure, encrypted location. Give your passwords the individual treatment they deserve and know that they are recorded and stored securely.