We’ve all been there. Eager to quickly log-in to check your bank balance or to checkout while shopping online, you reach the “enter password” step – and your mind goes blank.
The next (weary) step is to reset your password. To make it easier to remember the next time, it’s tempting to fall back on to the trusty name and number combo that you use for your email, social media accounts and work laptop.
But resist, as this could open you up to all kinds of problems if one of your accounts is hacked.
To help you make your internet passwords simpler and more secure, here we take a look at why it’s so important to get them right, the dos and don’ts of choosing passwords, and the tools that could make your online life easier.
What is an internet password?
We store so much information about ourselves online, whether in our emails, on social media platforms, via online banking or on shopping sites, that it’s important to password-protect accounts.
This means that to access these accounts, you’ll usually need to enter both your email address or username and a password of your choosing.
Why are internet passwords important?
Unfortunately, there are cyber criminals who are looking to exploit weaknesses in your online accounts, in order to steal data about you so they can commit identity fraud or to gain access to your bank account.
So, it’s important to choose a password that’s hard to guess to prevent leaving yourself open to being hacked online.
Dos and don’ts of choosing an internet password
To keep your online accounts secure, follow our dos and don’ts when deciding on your password.
- use at least 10 characters for any password and make sure these characters are a combination of upper and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers
- think especially carefully about the password you use for your email account as, with access to this, it might be possible for a fraudster to change your other online passwords
- National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recommends connecting three random, but memorable, words together to form a strong password, with special characters to make it even tougher to crack
- make sure your software and…