Essential password tips

Businesses will by now be very familiar with the new GDP Regulations I am sure! Data protection in this fantastic world of technology we live in is increasingly important.  So taking GDPR as a leaping off point, but moving a little left-field, this article is a short reminder about good password protection.

Passwords are everywhere and people have a habit of using either the same one (there is nothing worse from a cyber crime prevention point of view!!) or very simple ones – usually because we don’t want to forget our passwords and it is just easier to have a “one fits all” approach.

But passwords are the first line of defence so it really is worthwhile creating ones that are hard to break but easy to remember.  That sounds like a contradiction in terms – how can we do that?  The Metropolitan Police Service (Online Crime) unit has a great suggestion;

Have a look round your desk and find three random objects, let’s say phone, screen and book for this example. Next, put them all together in one long string of words and capitalise one letter in each – so now you might have “phonEscreeNbooK”.  Then choose any easy to remember number, say 1966 for football fans. Split that up and put 19 at the beginning and 66 at the end.  And finish with a random symbol, say %. So now you have “19phonEscreeNbooK66%”. This looks extremely complicated but it is easy to replicate once you know how it is done.

Once you have created your perfect password, if you really don’t like the idea of having a separate password for different log-ins, then don’t – or rather, just make a tiny change.  So if you need a password for your online banking, try “OLB-19phonEscreeNbooK66%”. If you need it for Facebook try “FB-19phonEscreeNbooK66%”. For your Debenhams shopping cart?  Try “DEB-19phonEscreeNbooK66%”. And so on. Clever!

And, after all, prevention is better than cure….

With thanks to DC Fraser of the Metropolitan Police Service for the password creation method used in this article.

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