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Tony Neate, Chief Executive Officer at Get Safe Online
Tony is Chief Executive Officer of Get Safe Online – the UK’s leading source of unbiased, authoritative and easy-to-understand information on protection against fraud, identity theft, viruses and other online problems.
Rob Hadfield, Director of Secure Kangaroo Ltd
Rob is an expert on information security awareness with over 10 years experience. He is owner and Director at Secure Kangaroo Ltd, and provides consultancy services in information security specialising in employee awareness.
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Hi guys, what's the best way to choose a strong password and help remember it for someone who doesn't have a great memory!
I’m glad you asked this question as passwords are so important, but often thought of as an inconvenience! Always use a different password for every online account. If you have only use one password, a criminal will have access to everything which is a pretty scary thought.
I know it’s easy for me to sit here and say you need different passwords for everything, but when the average person now has a massive 19 different online accounts I do appreciate that it’s not an easy task remembering them all! Especially if they’re strong passwords that use upper and lower case characters, numbers etc.
There are two options: you could use a password manager – but ONLY from a reputable source like Norton Identity Safe. Or, if you must write passwords down in order to remember them, make sure they are meaningless to, and unusable by other people by writing them in code (substituting the characters in your password with others that you can remember, or easily work out).
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I kind of disagree with #9 here: https://www.getsafeonline.org/get-safe-top-10/
Often you hear of people downloading the latest updates, only for them to be full of bugs and them then having to be patched. Should this be taken with a pinch of salt, i.e. wait a little while first?
For newbies, one thing you mention is about securing your wireless network - how do you go about doing this?
For more information on passwords, take a look at our website: https://www.getsafeonline.org/shoppi...ing/passwords/