3 easy steps to protect your password

3 easy steps to protect your password


How many times have you or your colleagues used the same password for all your accounts even though you know that using different ones is more secure?


As we continue to work from home and make more use of online platforms, it is vital that we all try our best to deter cyber criminals. Rethinking your passwords is one of the quickest ways to do this.


Neighbourhood Watch are running a campaign to PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0rD. With three easy steps, you can reduce the chances of a cyber attack while keeping your logins as simple as possible.


1. Create a separate password for your email account

2. Use 3 random words

3. Turn on two-factor authentication


You can find more information here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords


We all send precious information over email, however it is by no means secure. If you use the same password on your email account as your video calling software, your social media, your online banking and your company portal for example, you could be making your organisation vulnerable. If one account was hacked, your email account could be vulnerable too. Additionally, all your other passwords could even be reset.


Using three random words makes passwords harder to crack for criminals. For you, words could be easier to remember than a string of meaningless characters. This may make it easier to keep a different password for each of your accounts.


Finally, two-factor authentication gives your company an added layer of protection. When you sign into an online account, you will also be prompted to put in a code sent to your phone or another email address. This makes sure that it is only you who can sign in.


Neighbourhood Watch have instructions for turning on two-factor authentication for all the major sites here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords


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