When its time to change your password the following rules should be observed:
- Don’t choose one obviously associated with youHackers can find out a lot about you from social media so if they are targeting you specifically and you choose, say, your pet’s name you’re in trouble.
- Choose words that don’t appear in a dictionaryHackers can pre-calculate the encrypted forms of whole dictionaries and easily reverse engineer your password. Use a two word phrase such ‘ComputerEngineer’
- Use a mixture of UYou can use a word or phrase that you can easily remember but where characters are substituted, eg, C@nturbury1
- Have different passwords for different sites and systemsIf hackers compromise one system you do not want them having the key to unlock all your other accounts.
- Keep them safeWith multiple passwords it is tempting to write them down and carry them around with you. Better to use some form of secure password vault on your phone.