Keeping your password safe and secure

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Keeping your
passwords safe and
secure

Struggling to think of a safe and secure password that isn’t ‘Password1’?


Use our handy password security
guide to keep any online logins secure.

 

How to set strong passwords

How to set strong passwords

Don’t use personal information

For example, never use the first line of your address or your pet’s name.

 

Don’t use easily recognisable numbers

Numbers like your child’s birthday or your mobile number can be easy for fraudsters to guess.

 

Don’t use the word ‘password’

The most common passwords are '123456' and 'Password'. They may be easy to remember, but they’re also easy to guess.

 

Use a mixture of letters and numbers

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.

 

Make sure you have a long password

Longer passwords are usually safer because they’re harder to guess. Try and make your password at least 8 characters in length. 

 

Modify easy to remember phrases

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$’.

 

Try using three completely random words

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

Don’t write passwords down

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.

 

Don’t tell anyone your password

Don’t tell anyone your password

Even close friends or family members shouldn’t have access to your passwords. Avoid the chance of it being accidentally passed on or used by keeping it to yourself.

 

Change passwords regularly

Change passwords 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

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.

 

Find out how having a strong password can protect you from scams like identity theft.

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