Passwords are one of the first elements of online security. It’s therefore essential that we manage them correctly. Here are some tips to help you to stay safe:
- Do not use the same password for multiple sites. If you do, then any single site being compromised means that they all are.
- Use complex passwords. Hackers use dictionaries and lists of common passwords to help them gain access to sites. Things like “Freddie1” are therefore not a good choice. Current recommendations are to use 3 or more unrelated words to make a password. For example “donkeytreetable” would be difficult to crack, as a dictionary attack wouldn’t be sure where each word begins and ends. Where sites require numbers or special characters, add these randomly, rather than between words. For example “don8keytr!eetable”.
- Use a password manager. With lots of different and complex passwords to remember, it can be difficult to remember which one is for which site. Password managers enable you to store your passwords in a secure and encrypted vault. They are also better at spotting fake websites than most humans, and therefore provide an additional layer of security.