Use your smarts, and technology, to be cyber-secure – at home, at work, at uni or out in the world.
1. Check if you’ve already been involved in a data breach
Visit haveibeenpwned.com and change those passwords for any accounts that it suggests may have been compromised.
2. Check the strength of your passwords
Test the strength of your passwords at howsecureismypassword.net (use something similar to your original password to test its strength).
When choosing a password, remember: the longer it is, the stronger it is. A strong password is at least 12 characters long and hard to guess.
Using a sentence is a great way to create a long password that you’ll never forget.
3. Avoid these passwords
The following passwords are considered the most common and easiest to crack – so if you’ve got any of these or similar variations, you should seriously considering changing them – quickly!
- 123456 (or any chronologically-ordered numbers)
So who’s most guilty of using ineffective passwords?
Sorry millennials, but you’re not doing great in the password stakes. Just 33% of millennials use secure passwords for all of their accounts, compared to 53% of baby boomers. Gen X-ers are (predictably) somewhere in the middle.