Ensure your passwords are secure

Passwords provide the first line of defence to your computer and all electronic devices.

If a password is too simple, hackers easily guess or strategically gather them, granting cybercriminals free reign of your system. Once they are in, you have a major problem, which will only get worse the longer you ignore it. The stronger and more complex the password, the safer your network will be from a cyber attack.

Passwords should:

  • be at least 10 characters long
  • not contain a complete word which easily links to you including your name, company name, family member or pet
  • include a mix of upper-and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols
  • be unique from each other and different from previous passwords
  • change regularly
  • be kept private
  • be unique and hard to guess.

How to create a strong password:

  • make the passwords have meaning
  • use the letters of a song, musical or movie title and change some of the characters to make a strong password such as: Casino Royal 007 = C@s!n0r0y@Le7 or Les Miserable= L3$m!s3r@bLe
  • use a password manager – this will create and secularly store unique passwords for you
  • don’t write passwords down on paper or store a list in a word document as they can be stolen and used to access your accounts
  • select no when a computer offers to automatically remember your password when logging onto a website.

Always provide employees with different login credentials (user name and password) to your business systems. Read more about managing your IT security in our page on preparing a cyber security incident management plan.

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