World Password Day: Our Top Tips

5 May 2022| Post by Jess3 minutes

AuthorJess

In our increasingly digital world, it’s important to keep on top of your cyber security!

It can be so hard to know what to do in terms of protecting your passwords and minimising risk online. We can often find ourselves asking questions like; How many characters should I use? Where should I keep my passwords? Should I use special characters? How often should I update my passwords?

It can feel like a minefield keeping on top of your online security. So this World Password Day, we thought we’d give you a helping hand! Here are our top tips for keeping safe online:

Never use a password more than once

We know, we know! It’s very tempting to use a password more than once; It’s easier to remember and honestly, who has the time to think of a new password for every site they log into? But, if you want to keep your data safe, you should always use different passwords.

And by the way, we don’t mean simply adding a different number to the end of it!

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Complexity + length = security

How many times have you used your pets name or favourite football team as your password? We get it! But seriously, if you want to keep your identity and data away from cybercriminals, you’ve got to invest some time into ensuring your password is foolproof.

We suggest using a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. When you think your complex password is long enough, we challenge you to double it! And maybe add a few extra special characters on the end for safe measure.

Studies show that complexity alone is not enough to keep your password out of the wrong hands. The only way to truly protect your password, is to combine complexity and length!

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Always use multi-factor authentication

We suggest that you enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for as many online accounts as you possibly can! Since MFA requires approval via an SMS or automated phone calls, cybercriminals will have a hard time gaining access to your accounts. This is especially important in terms of reducing the risk of identify theft.

If you combine your lengthy and complex password with MFA, you’re onto a great cybersecurity solution!

Change passwords regularly, but not too regularly!

You’d think changing your password as often as possible would only increase your cyber security right? Wrong!

According to the UK National Cyber Security Centre, changing your password too frequently can result in short and simple passwords that are easily guessed.

Instead, only change your password two or three times every year (or when prompted to do so) but each time you do, ensure you choose a super complex and really lengthy one to stay secure.

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Use a password manager tool

Instead of saving your passwords directly on your phone or laptop which could potentially be hacked, utilise password management tools that use encrypted vaults to store and transmit your passwords between organisations and yourself. This minimises the risk of data leaks and increases the security of your fine-tuned passwords.

Passwords are not going away anytime soon! But with the rise of biometric access via fingerprint and facial recognition, we’re sure they won’t be as prominent in our lives as they are right now.

In the meantime, it’s wise to follow our top password tips to keep you and your data, safe!¬†For more information on how to protect your passwords online, head to the NCSC website.

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