Today our Managing Director – Amjad Shakeel was invited to speak about the recent Celebrity iCloud hacking on the BBC 5 Live Wake Up To Money programme. Amjad spoke of the necessity to ensure that you use strong complex passwords.
One of the main problems with creating passwords, is users forgetting them. In an attempt to combat this users start using simple things, E.g. a pet’s names, child’s Date of Birth, partner’s first name, the current year – anything to give the user a hint to remember their password.
To a hacker that has managed to get access to your computer that is like locking your car and leaving the key in the roof. Without using specialised tools a hacker is able to get all sorts of sensitive information – name, children’s names, close relatives names, Date’s of Birth. All of this and more is available from most peoples social networking sites and all can be regarded as potential passwords.
Tips for a secure password
1. Do not use personal information.
It is far too easy for a hacker to guess your password when its is or contains personal information. so never use it.
2. Do not use a real word.
Today it is easy enough for a hacker to get a run a program that will enter every word in the dictionary and try it as your password.
3. Mix different character types.
When you make a password replace some letter with numbers, symbols and capital letter and add these in the middle of words, both of these make life much hard for hackers and may deter them from your network.
4. Use a Passphrase.
A Passphrase is where you take a phrase/line from a song, poem, play, film any phrase you will remember and use the first letter from every word to create a Passphrase E.g. To be or not to be, would become T0B3O$N8T8B!
5. Use a password management tool.
A password management tool will safely and securely store and remember your passwords, these tools store your passwords and user names in an encrypted form. Some of these tools will even auto fill some passwords for you.
By combining all these tips we can create a simple and very secure password, – T0B3O$N8T8B!
N.B in posting this “T0B3O$N8T8B!” is no longer a secure password, so don’t use it.
For any futher information please contact us.
Amjad Shakeel – Comms-Byte Ltd