National KE-CIRT/CC Cybersecurity Best Practice Guide of the Week
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Password: The key to your personal information.
It’s also a guard that stands between your personal information and potential online risks, when given the best protective armour, the chances of anything getting through are greatly minimized.
Why you need strong passwords
Its one of the best ways to protect information or physical property .
Verifying that those requesting access are the people they claim to be.
The use of strong passwords can slow or often defeat the various attack methods of compromising security.
Short and simple passwords are relatively easy for attackers to determine
How to choose strong passwords
Contain a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, punctuation, numbers, and symbols.
Contain at least 15 characters.
Be unique from other accounts owned by the user.
Never include a single dictionary words.
Never include patterns of characters.
Tips to keep you protected
Never use your name, birthday, driver's license or passport number.
Commit your passwords to memory and don't store them on your computer or in your mobile phone.
If a website or browser asks to keep you signed in, unclick that option and take the time to re-enter your password each time.
Clear your browsing history or cache after online banking and shopping.
If you get an email that includes a password you've just set up, delete it.
Make sure sites are secure before you enter your password.
Stay away from things like words spelled backwards, misspelled words, and abbreviations that are easy to figure out.
Don't repeat numbers (5555) and letters (bbbb), include simple sequences (abcdefg or 56789) or use letters that appear in a row on your keyboard (qwerty).
Make sure that you change your smartphone's original default password.
Change your passwords after implementing a fix or following being compromised.
Use different passwords for different online accounts, especially those dealing with sensitive or financial information (banking online).