Password Dos and Don’ts

The importance of using varied, strong passwords is one that really can’t be understated. If you use the same password across the board, all it takes is for one site to be compromised and your personal details, money and reputation can be in immediate jeopardy. 

There have been countless studies and reports on the importance of good online passwords, and most of them present some pretty shocking facts. For example:

In spite of this, 73% of people use their online banking password elsewhere, and 60% of people use the same password across multiple sites. 

In order to be safe, you have to think complicated. ‘12345678’ and ‘password’ remain two of the most used passwords on the internet, and are nowhere near secure enough to protect your personal information. 

Here’s a few tips to stick to when creating your next password:

  • Mix letters and numbers – an alphanumeric password is much tougher to crack than just letters. Change ‘letmein’ to ‘l3tm31n’, for example. 
  • Mix cases – alternate between lower and upper case letters
  • Use different passwords for each site – this may be a pain, but it’s the best way to keep your personal information protected

If you find you can’t keep track of your passwords, you can always click ‘forgot password’ on the sites you visit and have a reset code delivered to your email address. Or you can use a Password Manager to keep everything safe and in one place.  Whatever you do, make sure you beef up your security and make it as hard as possible for those attempting to gain access to your accounts. 

Protect your kids online

                     

The internet can be a bit of a minefield at the best of times. Lewd content, spam, malware, scammers and a host of other nasties call the world wide web their home. It pays to be vigilant, but how do you ensure those without as much worldly knowledge are completely safe from harm online? 

There are a few measures you can take to keep your kids safe when using the internet. They cover content, bullying and internet/life balance. We’ve listed our top tips below.

 Set up a profile for your kids

On your computer or laptop, you have the option to set up different users who log in with different passwords. Set up a profile for your kids that has a different password to your own – this allows you to make changes to their profile that won’t affect yours.

Exercise your parental controls

Most computers and consoles have a series of parental and content controls. These can block certain websites, content and email addresses. Set these to whatever you want on your child’s profile, and they won’t be able to change them without you. These options can also be used to set time limits on how long your kid can be online.

Child safe search engines

These are search engines that filter out content deemed inappropriate for children. A full list can be found here.

Monitor internet activity

This can be something of a touchy subject. You want to ensure your kids are safe online, but you don’t want to violate their privacy. If you suspect your kids have been looking at things they shouldn’t, or talking to people you’d rather they didn’t you can have a look at their internet history in your browser’s options or tool menus.