Far too many people come into the store that either have forgotten their passwords or have been hacked because they don’t have a strong password.
One unlucky customer came in to discuss her high internet usage where on certain dates of the month she was using 80% of her monthly allowance in one night after asking all the usual questions such as updates, watching You Tube videos or downloading movies we were still at a loss, I then asked her about her password on her wireless modem router it turned out it was the name of her property which she had a huge sign out of the front of the property with the name carved beautifully in a piece of old tree admittedly she did have 2 numbers after the name.
Secure passwords are extremely important on all your accounts and devices even passwords you may think are secure can be easily hacked by even the most novice of hackers.
Password protect all your devices such as your Computer, Modem router and mobile devices!
You are responsible for whatever is done using your internet connection (IP address) whether its from your computer, mobile device or router. Ensure your devices are secure and protect yourself from any activity others could be using your IP to obtain such as pirated materials or any other illegal activities.
A few things that could happen if your passwords are not secure enough include…
- Your financial information could be compromised and your bank account and credit cards could be affected
- Your social networks could be compromised where your friends and family could also be affected
- Your computer or mobile devices could be compromised leaving your files, emails and financial information at risk.
- Your internet connection could be used to either use you monthly data amount or worse illegal activities using you IP which could in turn put you under investigation by the Federal Police.
Here are a few hints and tips for you to create secure passwords.
- Use eight or more characters they should be a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
- Its important not to share your passwords with your friends and family and definitely not neighbours.
- Never give your passwords to anyone over the phone.
One way to make a very secure password is a passphrase
- a passphrase can be a sentence with 20 or more characters and may contain spaces and symbols a passphrase will be a lot stronger than a short password.
- When creating a passphrase ensure you use a sentence you will remember using proper nouns and punctuation.
If the particular system you are using doesn’t support a passphrase you can break it down which will still create a strong password as an example:
“The Broncos football team will be number 1 this year”
Can be broken down using the first letter of every word in the sentence also ensuring to use the correct punctuation and numbers to create a password such as:
The password is now reasonably long and not something that will be easily guessed as it’s a sentence only you will remember.
Other password practices that can be strong include:
- Do not use common dictionary words or your name with just a couple of numbers at the end.
- Do not use double words, such as “BroncosBroncos” or simple letter substitution such as “Br*nc*s”.
- Do not use common sequences such as “abcd” or “1234”.
• Do not use personal information such as your date of birth or phone numbers.