Cyber Security Tip #7 – Create strong and unique passwords
Enable passwords on all your devices: laptops, mobile phones and tablets.
Enable passwords on all your devices laptops, cell phones and tablets.
Ensure passwords are longer than 7 characters
Use a combination of numbers and special characters (e.g. @ # $ % ! ?)
Use different passwords for all your different accounts and devices
Do not share your password with anyone Never write your password down
Getting Hands On
Avoid weak passwords
Do not use passwords similar to the following:
Do not use dictionary words i.e. single words out of a dictionary.
Do not include personal references in your password (date of birth, pet names.)
Manually creating a strong password (Compressed Links)
Minimum length of 7 characters Use spaces and/or a combinations of…
Upper case and lower case letters Numbers Special characters (e.g. @ # $ % ! ? . -) Example : “ r4XSVY_/ ” *Do not use this example
Use a passphrase and add special characters and numbers to it Example: Take the phrase “Online banking saves me so much time and effort every day” and then use numbers and letters to recreate it: Password “Obsmsmt&eed!2014” The password was created by taking the first letter of each word. *Do not use this example
Spell a word using the keyboard/keypad Example: Risky -> 74759 *Do not use this example
The following applications can be used to automatically generate secure passwords for each service that you use. The applications typically require that you set one master password that must be entered to unlock the “vault” storing all the other passwords. Ensure you set a strong master password according to the guidelines provided in the previous section.