Secure Your Password

by Gosafeonline | 23 July 2019

Your password is more than just a key to your devices or online accounts. If your password falls into the wrong hands, anyone can easily impersonate you and cause harm by tinkering with your bank accounts or engage in damaging activities in your name. 

 
Find out how much you know about safe password practices by taking our short quiz.
 
1. How often should you change your password?
a. When I forget it
b. Every 90 days
c. Every year 

2. Which method below will provide the strongest password?

a. Using a passphrase of at least 12 characters, comprising a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers or symbols, such as IhadkayatoastAT8AM
b. Using my birthdate (e.g. 04july1980)
c. Using my dog’s name (e.g Wuffie)

3. Which of the following is an example of good password practice?

a. Using the same password for all my accounts (e.g. Internet banking, personal email and work email) so that I will not forget my password
b. Memorising it and keeping it a secret from everyone including my family and friends
c. Writing it down and keeping the note somewhere safe like in my purse or wallet

 Check your answers at the bottom of this page!
 
Here’s a checklist for creating strong passwords and tips on good password security practices.
 
Strong Password Checklist
  • It contains at least 12 characters
  • It comprises at least three characters from the following categories: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers or symbols 
  • It is random and does not have an obvious pattern (i.e. replacing a letter with a number or symbol, e.g. P@ssw0rd)
  • It does not contain any personal information (e.g. name, NRIC, birthdate)
  • It is easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess


Security Tips

  • Use a long and random password that you can remember easily. To learn how to create a passphrase, refer to our cyber tip on using strong passwords and enabling 2FA.
  • Do not use the same password for multiple accounts (e.g. emails, social media, Internet banking). If one of your online accounts is compromised, other accounts protected by the same password are in danger of being compromised as well.
  • Keep your password confidential and never share it with anyone else.
  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to secure your accounts, when available. 

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Answers
Q1: C – The frequent change of passwords means that users tend to only make slight variations to their current password. If you have a strong password, you will only need to change it annually.
Q2: A - The more complex the password is, the harder it is for a cyber criminal to guess.
Q3: B - Using the same password for all your accounts and writing it down physically makes it easier for cyber criminals to gain access to your accounts. Your password is the first line of defence against cyber criminals so make sure that you use a strong one that is unique to you!