It’s World Password Day on 4th May, many of us need to remember lots of different passwords nowadays and it can be hard to do so without writing them all down!
We’ve put together some tips to improve your password security.
- Always change default passwords.
- Do not use one or two passwords for everything!
- Use secure password management software tool which can generate and store your passwords for different websites.
- Change your passwords regularly.
- Steer away from predictable passwords such as “Password” or “Qwerty”.
- Do not add sensitive data such as your birthday to make up the characters to the minimum standard required.
- Include numbers, capital letters and symbols – for example use $ instead of an S or a 1 instead of an L.
The National Cyber Security Centre have put together this useful infographic about how passwords are cracked and steps to take to improve your system security: NCSC Password Security
Microsoft have also put together their own guidance sheet which is very useful: Microsoft_Password_Guidance