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.
- 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.
Find out more:
- Read about recognising cyber threats to your business for more info on business scams to be aware of as a business owner.
- Check out our tips on keeping your business safe from cyber threats to help keep your business more cyber secure.
- Subscribe to the Stay Smart Online Alert Service to receive up-to-date information on cyber security issues and solutions.