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#use3words and always #thinkrandom

23rd October 2015 | Cyber Aware
#use3words and always #thinkrandom

Why do we want you to be random with your passwords? The reason is that using three random words helps to make a strong password which you can remember more easily.  

Up until now it was thought a  strong password had to contain a multitude of symbols, numbers and capital letters. Although this does help to create secure passwords, it doesn’t make them easy to remember. This lack of memorability means that people either choose weak passwords or they compromise them by writing them down*.

Password inspiration

On Friday we are encouraging people to look around and choose three random words for their passwords from the things that they see and experience.  You could use your hobby: for example, if you love football – then come up with three words related to the game such as “striker, boots, goalie”.String them together so that they don’t make an actual phrase or sentence – and you have your strong password. Avoid using too obvious inspirations such as children, partners or pets names or key dates in your life.

Or you could just look around you right now and pick three random things that you can see. 

Make sure you use a different password for your online banking and email accounts.  Symbols and numbers can be used if you need to. Cyber Streetwise – just three simple steps

Taking on this advice alongside the two other simple steps can go a long way to make your online experience much more secure. Cyber Streetwise asks people and businesses to:

Step 1 - Devise strong, memorable passwords made of three random words to help protect you from cybercrime. 

Step 2 - Install security software such as anti-virus. This helps protect your device from viruses and hackers.

Step 3 – Download software updates as they contain vital security upgrades which help keep your device secure.

*This behavioural reality was a key factor in the Government’s research into passwords and the subsequent recommendations made in a recently published paper called Password Guidance – simplifying your approach (opens new window).