Passwords – From Basic To Best

Four ways to take your passwords from basic to best provided by Stay Smart Online

  • Change the default passwords on your devices. Many smart devices, including home internet routers, come with default passwords or passcodes which are easily found on the internet by cybercriminals. Change default passwords as soon as possible to a strong password. You can look up how to change the default password on the manufacturer’s official website or contact their customer service centre.
  • Don’t use your personal info in your passwords. While your date of birth, car registration, or children and pets' names might be easy for you to remember, if this info about you is public – either on or offline – you shouldn’t base your passwords on these details because your password will be too easy to guess. 
  • Turn on two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication (2FA) simply means there are two checks in place to prove your identity. For example, it could be a code sent to your mobile phone. If your bank password was hacked and you had two-factor authentication for your account, the hacker couldn’t gain access without the mobile code.
  • What is a strong password? You can make a strong password with four random words that total up to 13 characters or more. Your passphrase is meaningful to you but not easy for others to guess.

Do you use the same password on any of your accounts? Check if any of your email addresses have been breached at the website of security researcher Troy Hunt – Have I Been Pwned?. If you’ve been breached, change your password as soon as possible and make sure you haven’t used the same password on any of your other accounts. 

By using a variety of hard-to-guess passphrases across your accounts, and using 2FA wherever possible, you’ve shifted your passwords from basic to best!

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