Make yourself a promise – never compromise your online security.
Today (Thursday 5 May), it’s world password day, an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of improving password security.
As part the day we're asking you to take the password pledge to reduce the risk of your information being stolen online.
You can pledge in three easy steps:
Creating strong and unique passwords using three random words.
Using different, unique passwords for each of your online accounts.
Turning on a second layer of protection, such as two-factor authentication.
The average person has over 100 passwords to remember, so we want to remind people that there are simple ways to remember these passwords whilst also keeping their accounts and information secure.
With data being a currency of the modern world, cyber criminals are looking for the easiest ways to access our online information in order to steal money and possibly impersonate you.
Our cyber-crime unit will be taking part in an Instagram takeover today to talk through the latest advice, the best way to secure your accounts, and to talk about the most common passwords out there in order for you to check your own cyber hygiene.
Cyber Protect Officer Kate Lloyd said:
"Before working in cyber-crime, I used to use my dogs name for every one of my passwords as it was the easiest way.
"However, the main part of my role involves advising many victims and since seeing first-hand the devastating domino effect cyber-crime can have on victims, I’ve drastically improved my cyber security.
"Today, on world password day, we are urging individuals to take the password pledge to better protect their online accounts."
Did you know:
"Password" has been used 3.2million times and can be cracked instantly using password cracking software. Other passwords that featured at the top of the breach list are:
Here are some important things to remember:
When creating a password, it is important that is unique.
Do not use names, dates of birth or "Password123".
Use different passwords for different accounts.
Use a password management app or save your passwords on your browser.
Pop World Password Day in your diary and make a conscious effort to upgrade your online security once a year.
If you think that you have been a victim of an online crime, you can report it online or call 101.