Stay Smart Online has recently published a series of articles in its My Guide, which is an initiative from the Australian Government that features tips and techniques to help you stay secure when working, socialising or just browsing online.
How strong are your passwords and passphrases used on your home PC, internet banking log ins and other devices?
Hume customers may benefit from the below article on Passphrases….
In the same way as you apply sunscreen to protect your skin, you need to protect yourself from people who want to gain access to your accounts to misrepresent you or steal information. You should use passphrases for this purpose.
Put simply, passphrases are a series of words that are longer, easier to remember and harder to guess than traditional passwords. However, you should avoid using passphrases drawn from dictionaries or that may relatively easy to decipher.
Many businesses and organisations are making available two-factor or multi-factor authentication to help people become more secure.
Instead of using just a username and password to log in to an account (a username and password are typically regarded as one factor), you have to provide two factors—such as something you know (like a password) and something you have (like a one-time code sent to your mobile phone)—to gain access.
Use strong, hard-to-guess passphrases and/or two-factor authentication where available to access your accounts.
- Stop and think before you provide any photos, financial or personal information about yourself, your friends or your family online.
- More information about privacy is available here through the Stay Smart Online website.
- Download My Guide for further information on protecting your privacy - My Guide, an Australian Government Initiative from Stay Smart Online is a personal security guide that features tips and techniques to help you stay secure when working, socialising or just browsing online. My Guide also provides a list of organisations that you can report scams, cyber crimes and identity theft.