Is your online password ‘PASSWORD’? Does it contain your, or a relative’s, name, birthdate, favourite movie, place, game character, or any identiﬁable word for that matter? Well, your data, and the data of those people you’re acquainted with, is at risk. Here’s our recommendation:
A strong password has a mix of upper and lower case letters, a special character (like @, $, !) and some numbers. It is also recommended to NOT USE consecutive numbers, birthdays, postcodes, and other signiﬁcant dates or numbers. NW Computing recommends at least 8 random letters, characters and numbers.
Why does your company get you to change your login password(s) frequently? Although it can be annoying, most companies make it a policy for employees to change their passwords frequently. They put policies in place to prevent data breaches.
According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre:
“If your password or PIN is captured, guessed or stolen, a cyber criminal can potentially send emails from your accounts, withdraw money from your bank accounts, change ﬁles on your computer such as invoices, steal your identity. Weak passwords are easy for cybercriminals to guess. They use automated software that can potentially guess 350 billion passwords per second!”