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Easy steps to fight the most common vulnerability

1. Password protection

  • Visit How Secure Is My Password to test the strength of your passwords

  • Never recycle or reuse passwords

  • Do not use the same password across multiple sites - Create a new or different password for every site you sign up to

  • Do not let your browser save your passwords

  • Think passphrase instead of password

  • Use upper or lower case letters, numbers, symbols - See Strong Password Generator. Password Managers usually have a built-in password generator to create complex passwords

2. Use a password manager

Password Management software stores encrypted versions of your passwords so you can use a unique, secure password for every service without having to remember every password. There are plenty of free Password Managers to select from, for example, KeePass (see how to setup and use it, LastPass and Padlock.

3. How should you change your password?

There have been debates about how often we should be changing our passwords. It is also recommended that we change your passwords every 3 – 9 months. We recommend that you change your passwords as often as you need in order to feel secure.

4. Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) makes it harder for anyone attempting to hack your accounts. Instead of signing into your accounts using one step (your password), you enter a second piece of data, a short code sent to you in an email, or text, or generated by an app on your phone. See which sites allow you to enable two-factor authentication here.


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