In the modern and cyber world we live now where our reliant is heavily laid on computer operated devices it is essential that we are mindful of cyber security, hackers, identity fraud etc. as the list can go on. It is becoming one of the mainstream crimes and billions of revenue is poured into cyber security but the criminals will always find few doors being left ajar. Being mindful of not leaving the door ajar will help fight this crime and stay a step ahead of your security concern.
One of the primary concerns should be of your passwords to many of the online systems you have access to and ensuring their protection from being stolen and misused. These are new age, new era where the crime is committed differently in comparison to the bygone era. Take for example in the past ‘pick pocket’ where thieves either solo or in group targets people to steal money and valuables but this trend from high street has now moved onto cyberspace meaning your online access i.e your passwords which is the key to unlock access to your online records is ever so closer to being used by some unknown person thousands of miles away from you.
If you think about it, this is no different from the key to your house which you wouldn’t let any stranger have it and as such your password is no different and should be guarded equally too.
What is the best password to have?
There are so many advice on this topic but the one I always suggest to everyone is make your password as complex as you can with mixed characters and length as long as it allows you to remember them easily. The best password to compose is having a mixture of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, special symbols and minimum of eight characters in length (longer the better I believe) which should be periodically changed too. When you change password try not to use the previous few passwords either and if you have to because it would be impossible for you to remember then keep a bank of passwords you can go to and recycle them every now and then although I don’t recommend it.
One of the cardinal sin we make with our passwords is make do with one password for everything as it is not ideal having to memorise multiple passwords but is not really recommended though. This makes it easier for the cyber crawler to hack into other systems once they have managed to get one of your password cracked which will seriously compromise all your online access. The other thing we do inadvertently is write down your passwords somewhere either on your phone or in your diary or in a little book which can be easily stolen. There are apps you can use for storing passwords but i don’t trust them either so i do my own unusual cryptic coding to store all passwords which only i can read and understand them.
Having taken care of making your password strong and you may feel you are safe now. You can never say never but hopefully being mindful and applying few security techniques such as the one mentioned above, may go a long way in preventing becoming a victim of the cyber-crime.
Stay safe everyone and all the best.