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Password Tips

Thu 22nd May 2014

Security expert Alan Woodward offers this advice:

Don't choose one obviously associated with you: Hackers can find out a lot about you from social media so if they are targeting you specifically and you choose, say, your pet's name you're in trouble.

Choose words that don't appear in a dictionary: Hackers can precalculate the encrypted forms of whole dictionaries and easily reverse engineer your password.

Use a mixture of unusual characters: You can use a word or phrase that you can easily remember but where characters are substituted, e.g., Myd0gha2B1g3ars!

Have different passwords for different sites and systems: If hackers compromise one system you do not want them having the key to unlock all your other accounts.

Keep them safely: With multiple passwords it is tempting to write them down and carry them around with you. Better to use some form of secure password vault on your phone.

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