If “password” is your password, then you need to read this….

Are you a fan of bond007, trustno1 or abc123? Have you used a password combination involving your name, your child’s name or your pet’s name? You’re one of many and unfortunately this makes you particularly vulnerable online, Queensland Police say.

To create a strong password, you should use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols; avoid personal information, common words and importantly, avoid reusing passwords

If you use a password based on a name, it can be easily broken. Hackers know many people use passwords starting with a capital letter and often use the same password across many sites. Once a hacker works it out, they can  gain access to them all!

A password management provider has just listed the “worst” passwords for 2017, including:

  1. 123456
  2. Password
  3. 12345678
  4. Qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. Letmein
  8. 1234567
  9. Football
  10. Iloveyou

Do any of these sound familiar? If yes or you’re using something quite similar, it’s time to reset your passwords.

If you get stuck on how to create a stronger password try using at least 12 characters and include symbols such as $,?,% @ in random places to make it more difficult to be broken. It may be harder to remember, but consider the alternative. Losing your personal data, account details or a sum of money is much more inconvenient in the long run.

Remember, only you should be in control of your passwords.  R u In Control?

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

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