2) Change passwords often, using different passwords per account
We’ve all been guilty of using the same password repeatedly for different accounts, however, as you can imagine, this is a breeding ground for financial scams and frauds to take place!
If someone can detect one of your passwords, protect yourself and ensure that it means they only have access to one account and not every other one! Creating strong passwords has never been more straightforward and there’s plenty of tips and tricks out there to help.
Making your passwords long and unique to you
Try using lyrics to a song, an abbreviation, words from a book or a short sentence from a poem. Longer passwords are said to be much stronger and should be at least 12 characters long. Passwords that can be easily guessed by those who know you or those looking at accessible information (such as social media) are a no go, so keep this in mind when choosing.
Using a Password Generator
Password generators are safe, legitimate and easy to use. They create passwords on behalf of you ensuring they are unique, complex and long. There’s plenty available online, however, it’s recommended to use one that has an inbuild password manager and maintain good online security practises while using them.
A number of password generators also allow you to edit how many characters you require and what special characters you would like to include e.g. ABC, 123 or #@!. Make use of these additional features as they are what will ensure your passwords are harder to detect.