If you use a family name, a pet’s name, a birthdate or numbers between 1 and 6 as your online password, you are an easy target for a hacker.
The recent cyber-attacks on a spate of organisations has emphasised the importance of choosing strong passwords that can’t easily be discovered. An alarming 25% of the top most common passwords are first names and the average password people use (and hackers know about!) is six characters and all lower case.
The security risk becomes even greater if you are one of the 73% of Australians who use the same password for multiple sites. Once a hacker has discovered your password for one site, they will use automated software to fire it at a whole bunch of other sites.
Here are some Do’s and Don’ts on password creation.
How do you make a unique password for your email (& everything else), that you can remember?
Experts advise that not only should you have a different password for every site, but also that you make your password as long as possible and change it regularly.
To make a password easy to remember, think of a sentence and change some of the characters (known as a pass phrase) using the following steps:
As a final tip, never share your password, however if someone absolutely has to access something using your password, write it on a scrap of paper, and destroy it once transferred. Never share it via email as then the entire process (items 1-4) is a waste of time.
*This information is general in nature and does not take into consideration your individual circumstances. Please contact us for further information.