Your password is the modern-day key to all of your information and most people are treating them like keys left under the doormat.
Without proper diligence, strong passwords and regular changes you are leaving your personal information, systems and important gateways like internet banking and government portals open to intrusion.
Think it won’t happen to you?
Here is why your password is not safe in one number – 100 billion.
That is how many have been stolen and stored in the dark web according to The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).
So passwords are being pinched every day across the globe and plenty of those victims probably thought their’s was safe as well.
Now we are not saying most people are not trying.
The average person is savvy enough not to use their own name as their password or leave everything set at:
But there are a few common mistakes that we do make and the hackers know it. Always avoid:
First of all, a password is not a set and forget process.
You should be changing every one you have on a regular basis, preferably every 30 days but once every 90 days at a minimum.
Now, this is going to mean that you have lots of different passwords with hard-to-remember numbers, letters and characters that change every month or so.
So it is strongly advised you download a password manager like Dashlane, LastPass or Keeper to automatically populate your passwords. If your device is stolen, you can use these password managers to disable access remotely.
And when you are creating your password here are the tips you should follow:
And please, PLEASE don’t use a generator sitting freely on the internet. Who do you think put it there?