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Hackers can use your email to gain access to all your personal accounts, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft or fraud.
Make your passwords stronger with three random words
To create a strong password simply choose three random words. Numbers and symbols can still be used if needed, however, using three random words is the key to creating a strong password.
Your most important accounts are your email, social media and online banking accounts. So it’s important to have strong and separate passwords for each account. With access to your email, hackers can take control of all your online accounts, by asking for the password to be reset, and use the information your email contains can easily be pieced together to create a profile of your identity.
Never use any word which is related to you and may be easy to guess, for example by looking at your social media pages. Absolutely never use:
- Current partner’s name
- Child’s name
- Other family members’ name
- Pet’s name
- Place of birth
- Favourite holiday
- Something related to your favourite sports team
And never share your password with anyone.
How to remember strong passwords
There are some simple memory tricks and techniques that could help you if you’re struggling to remember your strong passwords. Just don’t write them down anywhere!
- Loci method: imagine a familiar scene and place each item that needs to be remembered in a particular location i.e. red rose on the table, book on chair, poster on wall. Imagine yourself looking around the room in a specific sequence. Re-imagine the scene and the location of each item when you need to remember it.
- Story methods: remember a sequence of key words by creating a story and including memorable details e.g. ‘the little girl wore a bright yellow hat as she walked down the narrow street…’.
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