How to keep your passwords safe and secure
Struggling to think of a safe and secure password that isn’t ‘Password1’?
Setting a strong passwod
For example, never use the first line of your address or your pet’s name.
Numbers like your child’s birthday or your mobile number can be easy for fraudsters to guess
The most common passwords are '123456' and 'Password'. They may be easy to remember, but they’re also easy to guess.
Fraudsters often use software that tries to guess passwords. This software works by attempting thousands of passwords a minute, typically using words taken from the dictionary. Use a mixture of letters and numbers instead of words on their own.
Longer passwords are usually safer because they’re harder to guess. Try and make your password at least 8 characters in length.
You could try a line from a song you know well, taking the first letter of each word. You can then change some of them to numbers, symbols, and different cases, so ’99 red balloons floating in the summer sky’ could be ‘99Rbf!tS$’.
Pick three random words and change some of the letters for capitals, if the site allows it also use other characters e.g. ‘$ealGl4ssExc!tment’.
Don't write passwords down or share them
Never write your passwords down, whether it’s in your mobile phone or on a post-it note. It might seem like a helpful way to remember them, but if they get into the wrong hands it could put your account at risk.
Never share your password, even with close friends or family members.
Change your password regularly
Changing your password every few months means if someone does find out what it is, they won’t be able to access your account for a long period of time.
Use a different password for each of your accounts
Using the same password means that if a fraudster finds out the password for your social media account for example, they might be able to use the same login to access other accounts. Having different passwords makes hacking much more difficult for fraudsters.