Here are some ways you can keep your passwords safe and secure:
- Don't use the same password for multiple services or websites.
- Don't share your passwords with anyone.
- Don't provide your password in response to a phone call or email, regardless of how legitimate it might seem.
- Don't provide your password to a website you have accessed by following a link in an email—it may be a phishing trap.
Be cautious about using password-protected services on a public computer, or over a public wifi hotspot.
If you think your password may have been compromised, change it immediately and check for any unauthorised activity. If the same compromised password has been used on another site, create a new password there as well.
Treat PINs in the same way you would a password
- Don't use obvious patterns like 1234, 4321 or 7777.
- Don't use postcodes, birthdays or other significant dates and numbers.
- PINs should be a random mix of numbers, letters and characters.
Bit of fun: Guess what Forrest Gump's password is?