Of all the things that make me jump up on my security soapbox, having my parents tell me their Wi-Fi password is 123456 is right up there.
While this lack of devotion to digital security is a concern to me, it appears that they’re not alone – last year’s top four passwords: “123456″, “password”, “12345678″, and “qwerty” are the equivalent of locking your front door, but blue-tacking the key to the lock.
This month is iiNet Security Month and, to kick things off, we’re taking a look at passwords – the good, the bad and the very ugly, and what you can do to keep yourself secure when online.
What can you do?
The best way to keep your account secure is to constantly update your password. We’re not talking once a year or every two years; if you want to make sure your account is secure then changing your password monthly is the way to go.
Simply changing your password isn’t the silver bullet for your privacy worries though. You also have to choose a password that’s safe and extremely difficult to crack. While you may think that ‘qwerty’ is a cool password, or ‘Qwerty1234′ is a safe version of a cool password, in reality they’re neither cool nor safe.
Now, thinking up a new password takes a fair bit of effort sometimes, and simply adding a number to your previous password (yes, that means you shouldn’t go from ‘FreshPrince1990′ to ‘FreshPrince1991′). Thankfully, it’s iiNet to the rescue with a handy password generator that gives you a secure password with just the click of a mouse.
Simply click the ‘Generate Password’ button at the bottom of the page and we’ll generate a password which follows our five guidelines:
Mix your cases – Our passwords are case sensitive, so mixing between upper and lower case is a must.
Numbers – Like all good geeks, we love numbers – be sure to include them in your password.
Avoid the obvious – Simple passwords might be easy to remember, but the easier they are to remember the easier they are for someone else to guess. One big no-no is including your username in your password, alongside dictionary words, and the names of your family and friends.
Length wins – Short passwords are much easier to guess; your password should be a minimum of nine characters long.
No white space – Keep the white space out of your password and you make your password harder to pick.
What can we do?
Getting our customers to update their passwords regularly is one massive step to staying secure online, however we understand it’s a two-way street.
That’s why we’re continually working behind the scenes to stay one step ahead of hackers, ensuring that your personal information remains secure.
Change your password… and win!
So, in the spirit of safe passwords, we’ve decided to run an awesome competition.
We’ve got two Samsung Galaxy Note 3s and three Samsung Galaxy S4s up for grabs for anyone who changes their password between now and 30 April 2014.
To be in the running, all you need to do is update your password and ensure it meets the guidelines above. It’s that simple!
So what are you waiting for? Make the switch to your password today and not only will you make your account safer, you’ll also be in the running for some awesome prizes!