Simple passwords risk online safety

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Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Three quarters of Britons are risking their safety online by using simple passwords that are not secure, a Government survey has revealed.

Many people use pet names or significant dates, with some even admitting they do not create strong passwords on purpose because they struggle to remember them.

The average person in Britain now manages 19 online accounts that require a login, according to research by Cyber Streetwise, a campaign that aims to raise awareness of unwise behaviour online.

New Government guidance, issued during Cyber Security Awareness Month and ahead of Get Safe Online week, urges people to use three words or more and add a symbol to create stronger passwords.

The guidance warns that financial and banking details can be stolen if passwords are compromised, and photos, videos and personal emails can be lost.

Internet users are advised to use acronyms or create a memorable sentence or image in their heads to help remember their passwords.

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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