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We have clients who hate having to use passwords for both accessing their PC’s and getting into various accounts online. However, they are vital in today’s world.

Recent high profile hacks include M&S and Talk Talk whose ‘significant and sustained cyber-attack’ on their 4 million plus customers in the UK led to a 15 year old being arrested for offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

Without question you should change your passwords on a regular basis – at least once a year. I can already hear some of you groaning about what a hassle this is. But once you start it isn’t too much of a pain, honestly! Good practice for a strong password is to use a mixture of CAPITALS, lowercase and num8er5.

2 questions:

  1. When was the last time you bothered to change your passwords for all the online accounts you have? I would put good money on the most popular answer being ‘Never!’
  2. Do you use mainly one password for all your online accounts? Again good money on ‘Yes!’ being the most popular answer.

There is nothing more annoying than trying to remember different passwords for different sites. However, by using the same password for all your accounts and never changing this password makes it very, very easy for hackers to access all your accounts with one set of information.

And just to highlight how topical this is – the winner of the best joke at a recent Edinburgh Fringe festival was:

‘I was asked to create a password with eight characters in it – so I chose Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’

It’s up to you in the end – don’t change if don’t want – it’s your money after all!