Forgot to make a New Year’s resolution? It’s not too late to start making strong passwords a good habit.
February 5 is worldwide Safer Internet Day. It’s a great time to start improving your online security for the year ahead.
Using weak passwords is a threat to your online security. If you use the same password on multiple accounts you're at risk of being hacked.
Cassie used the same password across all of her online accounts. Then her email account was hacked.
The hacker could see Cassie’s personal information and change her account details. The hacker was able to access Cassie’s social media, online banking, and myGov accounts.
Strong passwords and ‘passphrases’
One of the best ways to stay safe online is to use multiple strong passwords. An even better option is to use passphrases.
A passphrase should be hard for someone to guess. It shouldn’t include any personal details, like your birthday or pin numbers. It should have:
- at least 15 characters
- upper and lower case letters
- at least one punctuation character.
‘Welike2holidayonthem00n!’ is an example of a strong passphrase. It’s longer than a typical password, and easy to remember.
This year, keep your online accounts secure by using strong passwords or passphrases. And don’t forget to change them regularly.
For more information, visit the e-Safety website.
Read about passwords and passphrases on the Stay Smart Online website.
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