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Don’t let hackers spoil your Christmas

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We have short-listed a selection of security best practices when it comes to creating passwords to help keep your data safe and secure over Christmas and into the New Year.

  • Use a minimum of eight digits.
  • Have a mix of letters (upper and lower case), numbers and symbols.
  • Do NOT use anything to do with your place of work, children’s names or anything else that makes the password obvious.
  • Ensure you use unique passwords for the different services, systems and portals e.g. banking, email, online shopping sites, social media etc.
  • Do not use words that can be found in the dictionary as password hacking tools use dictionary lists.
  • Avoid using simple adjacent keyboard combinations: For example, “qwerty” and “asdzxc” and “123456”.
  • Don’t store your list of passwords on your computer in plain text.

Please don’t be naive and think “this will never happen to me”, because we can assure you, it definitely could. In fact, if your passwords are weak you also actually put your friends, family and company at increased risk of attack too. So be sure to be extra vigilant when opening emails you don’t recognise, ensure all mobile devices are protected by an unlock code and all systems are set up with unique strong passwords to prevent intruders gaining access.

Priority One – IT Security

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Tom Merriott

With over 20 years experience working in the IT industry delivering unrivalled customer service, Tom is perfectly suited to advise on what's trending in IT and how best to deliver day-to-day efficiencies for our clients and readers.

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