Use three random words to create a strong password

A good way to create a strong and memorable password is to use three random words. Numbers and symbols can still be used as well, for example 4blueHouseMonkeys27!

Be creative and use words memorable to you, so that people can’t guess your password. Your social media accounts can give away vital clues about yourself so don’t use words such as your child’s name or favourite sports team which are easy for people to guess.

Hackers are smart and have programming code that will check for simple substitutions we use such as ‘Pa55word!” which utilises symbols to replace letters.

Never use the following personal details for your password:

  • Current partner’s name
  • Child’s name
  • Other family members’ name
  • Pet’s name
  • Place of birth
  • Favourite holiday
  • Something related to your favourite sports team

Where available use two-factor authentication on your email account

This is my biggest mantra! Two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security, as it means your account can only be accessed on a device that you have already registered.

When you first log-in with a new device you are asked to complete a second step after entering your password, such as providing your fingerprint or entering a unique code which has been sent to your phone.

For more information on this, check out our article on the blog page or visit this great website: https://twofactorauth.org/