Use strong passwords

Don’t make it easy for someone to pretend to be you online. Services like internet banking or email will often ask you for a password to stop strangers from accessing your private information.

Never pick obvious passwords like your user name, real name, date of birth, names of family members or simple sequences like ‘abcdef’ or ‘123456’. Criminals are becoming more and more skilled at hacking into accounts by guessing weak passwords. For example, a commonplace word (which you would find in a dictionary) could be cracked by hacking programs.

Remember to use different passwords for different websites and to change your passwords regularly.

Be smart and come up with strong passwords – ones that are a combination of letters (upper and lower case), numbers and symbols. But don’t make them so complicated that you can’t remember them!