Use three random words for your passwords

The latest government statistics from Ipsos MORI show that only 33 per cent of people in the East Midlands are following the Government’s latest advice to use strong passwords made up of three random words.

The Government is urging people in Leicestershire to #ThinkRandom to protect themselves from identity fraud.
LOUGHBOROUGH residents are urged to use three random words for their password in a bid to protect themselves from identity fraud.

The latest government statistics from Ipsos MORI show that only 33 per cent of people in the East Midlands are following the Government’s latest advice to use strong passwords made up of three random words.

According to the National Cyber Security Centre this is one the most important actions people can take to protect themselves online.

Cybercrime is a growing national issue and according to figures from the Office of National Statistics an estimated two million cybercrime offences were committed last year.

It is said a weak password can allow hackers to gain access to all personal accounts, leaving individuals vulnerable to identity theft or fraud.

The Government’s cyber security campaign, Cyber Aware, is urging people and businesses in Leicestershire to #ThinkRandom when it comes to creating strong passwords.

A spokesperson from the National Cyber Security Centre said: “It doesn’t matter what inspires you – from watching sport to going out for a bite to eat, thinking random is the best way to keep yourself secure online.

“Your most important accounts are your email, social media and online banking accounts, so it’s important to use strong passwords for each of these”.

With 25 per cent of people in the East Midlands saying they have shared their passwords with other people, Cyber Aware is also reminding people to keep their passwords secret.

Paul Wenlock, head of the economic crime unit at Leicestershire Police, said: “Three quarters of all online crime is preventable.

“By using strong passwords, installing anti-virus software on their computers, tablets and phones and downloading software security updates when issued, people can make life difficult for online fraudsters.

“By taking care of your personal information, thinking about what you are posting on social media and following these three simple steps you can protect yourself online.”

The Cyber Aware campaign (formerly Cyber Streetwise) is funded by the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP) and was launched in 2014 with the objective of providing individuals and small businesses with the knowledge to take control of their cyber security and help protect themselves from cyber criminals.

Cybercrime is a serious threat to the UK and the Government has stated it is taking action to increase public awareness of the risk.

The Government will invest £1.9bn to significantly transform the UK’s cyber security. NCSP will support the aims of the 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy over the next five years.

In addition to providing guidance, the NCSC will actively protect the UK from a range of cyber threats and will coordinate responses to cyber security incidents.

Source:http://www.loughboroughecho.net/news/local-news/government-urging-people-thinkrandom-combat-12083191