Creating a solid password is a great start to protecting your cyber safety. Cybersecurity should always be a top priority for everybody, especially at the moment, and not just for businesses. Cybercrime is the single biggest threat that a company will ever have to face, and it is a possibility in any situation. Hackers exploit vulnerabilities to extract data, hold victims to ransom, sell information on the dark web, and more. Last year, Cybersecurity Ventures predicted that cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. The best action you can take to protect yourself from cybercrime and hackers is to get in touch with Kerbury for a security consultation so we can give you a thorough evaluation of your security status. Whilst we take care of the rest, a very simple step you can take yourself in the meantime is to create a safe password.

What makes a safe password?

The key aspects of a strong password are length (the longer the better); a mix of letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and symbols, no ties to your personal information, and no dictionary words. The more random and unique the password, the better.

-1 Passwords should be long in character numbers, complex, and varied. Use all the characters available – uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.  The length and complexity can create a stronger password, and make it more difficult for hackers to break!

-2 Do not make it easy to guess – Do not use any word related to your family name, pet, street you live on etc. These can all be researched through your social media.  

-3 Wherever you can, use two-factor authentication. When this is available, it will provide you with another shield of protection against hackers.

Try this: -Take a line from your a song “There will be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover” Take a letter from each “twbbbotwcod” Add a capital letter “twbbbOtwcoD” swap up one letter for a number “twbb8OtwcoD” and add a special character “twbb8Ot%coD” then add something unique for each site, such as an extra B for banking, or Tw for twitter.

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