Cyber Aware is encouraging people to change their email password to make it stronger.
People are increasingly using online space to live their lives. Making sure their space is as secure as possible is now more and more important. Many of the steps needed are quite simple to do and will keep online spaces safe and secure.
E-mail accounts contain sentimental information, such as confirmation of job offers, holiday bookings and photos of family and friends. They also contain very personal information, such as bank details, addresses or dates of birth. A weak password can enable a criminal to access e-mails, leaving users open to identity theft or fraud. Cyber Aware’s #OneReset campaign recently encouraged people to keep their inbox safe by changing their e-mail password to ensure it is strong and separate from all their other passwords.
Use three random words to create a strong password
It’s simple to help protect you and your family online by ensuring you have a strong and separate password for your email account. Many people find it hard to think up a strong password and even harder to remember what it was!
A good way to create a strong and memorable password is to use three random words. Numbers and symbols can still be used if needed, for example 3TableSweetGrass27! Be creative and use words that are memorable so that people can’t guess your password. Remember social media accounts can give away vital clues about a person so don’t use words which could easily link to you such as your child’s name or favourite sports team which are easy for people to guess.
Use a strong, separate password for your email
Use a strong password for your email that is not used for anything else. This means that if cyber criminals steal the password for one of your less important accounts, they can’t use it to access your email account.