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Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online
Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online

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2 Improving password security

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Just about every website you sign up to requires a password. What strategies do you use when choosing passwords?

If your passwords are easily guessable, you are effectively giving attackers easy access to your accounts. If your passwords are along the lines of ‘password’, ‘123’ or ‘letmein’, they won’t even need to use their automatic password-breaking tools. This is especially true when people don’t change the default passwords that are used to control access to the settings of certain pieces of equipment such as broadband routers.

Think about your strategies for picking memorable passwords. Consider these questions:

  • How many passwords do you use?
  • How long are the passwords you use?
  • Do you use upper and lower case letters, numbers, other symbols in them?