Passwords and PINs
We use Passwords and PINS to identify ourselves online. They are the first line of defence. Follow these tips to keep your passwords and PINS secure and keep your identity, data and assets safe.
Humans are increasingly targeted as the weakest link in cyber defences.
DON'T reuse passwords
This is the biggest vulnerability. Creating and managing secure passwords is a time consuming part of using the internet. Hackers know this, they take passwords from one breached account and try them on lots of others. DO Use STRONG passwords
A long password is a strong password. In fact 16 characters is an ideal start, using a combination of letters, numbers and punctuation is ideal.DO keep your passwords random
What might be short and memorable to you will almost certainly be an easy target for hackers.
We often create memorable passwords of things dear to our heart or connections to our person that hackers could easily guess or check. Some examples include pets names, our year of birth, our favourite sports team, the street we grew up on or a favourite show.DO keep separate unique passwords
Keep a separate password for each website, app or service. This will minimise a breach across all of your accounts if one is is compromised.DO use a password manager
An app used to generate and manage you passwords.
These apps are generally easy to use and can help streamline regular log ins so it takes less time. A reputable password manager apps is LastPass
alternative try those listed on PC Mag's review The best free password managers of 2019
.Is it any safer to leave all your password details with one app account?
Yes. It's worth thinking about like a hacker might view the situation. On the internet here's no "safe" and "unsafe." There's "safer than," or "better than." Password managers have a security flaw. But you should still use one. A worthy read about online security in 2019.
Following these tips will require some time to set up but the downside is huge.
A great way to start security hardening your passwords is to list your high risk password accounts and tackle them first. This will include accounts for your banking, online payments, accounting and even your social media apps. Anywhere you use your confidential information. Remember to be safe online.