Passwords are used to prove your identity online. Using strong passwords is important to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft.
Here are our top tips for using passwords.
- Avoid using predictable passwords (such as family and pet names). Avoid the most common passwords that criminals can guess (like qwerty).
- A good way to create a strong and memorable password is to use three random words. Numbers and symbols can still be used if needed, for example 3redhousemonkeys27!
- Have a separate password from your email account – hackers can access many of your personal accounts via your email.
- Enable Two Factor Authentication (2FA) for all important accounts (e.g. banking and email).
- Change all default/pre-set passwords.
- Keep your password safe by using a password manager/vault.
If you have been a victim of fraud, and there isn't immediate danger, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Action Fraud is the UK's first national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, which takes crime reports from victims and provides a crime reference number.
Action Fraud provides a single place for victims of fraud and cyber crime to report to, or get advice on protecting themselves. For more advice, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040 .
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