Is YOUR password secure?
Make sure your passwords are protected in a safe place.
This is important as an individual as it's YOUR responsibility to have separate passwords for every single service whether it's for iTunes, Sky, Amazon, your bank (e.g. Barclays, NatWest) and so on.
As a company, as part of your cyber policy, it's extremely important that you advise staff to use different passwords for access to different applications.
The challenge is remembering them all.
OUR TOP TIPS
After conversations with Titan, the Cyber Crime Division of the Police, this is the advice we would like to share.
- Start your password off with the first 2 letters of the service e.g. sk for Sky, ba for Barclays.
- Follow this with your personal, special 5 letter word which may remain the same for each password.
- Then, a 2 digit number for the service e.g. 01 for Sky, 02 for Barclays.
- Finish with a punctuation mark e.g. * or ^ ...not an exclamation mark - these are too obvious!
Instead of remembering many different passwords, why not remember one password and store all your others in a password manager? This means you can have various different passwords for lots of different applications all stored in one safe place so you only need to remember one password to access them all.
If you internet search for 'password managers' there are different types depending on the extra features you prefer. For example, syncing the app across your devices, fingerprint recognition, facial recognition and some even generate long unguessable passwords for your accounts for you.