Cyber-enabled crime still remains a growing industry, overtaking some conventional crime types. Law enforcement has been adapting over the last few years but the pace of change is breathtaking.
There is a whole industry surrounding the ‘new criminal’ that leaves behind conventional attack in favour of cyber attack. Passwords are no longer enough to protect people from cybercrime, and many passwords are just too short or easy to break. Hackers are running multiple programmes and don’t need too much information to allow them to complete the sequence. Passwords should now be viewed as part of the security chain and not the only requirement to keep our systems safe.
The advice to use or include three random words in your password creating algorithmic strength against common issues like brute force attacks – where hackers use software to churn passwords out until it discovers the correct one. It’s about choosing three random words that mean something to you and therefore can be remembered. It also advises not compromising your work and home systems by using the same password for both. “Cyber Streetwise” promotes just three simple steps. Taking on this advice alongside the two other simple steps can go a long way to make your online experience much more secure. Cyber Streetwise asks people and businesses to:
- Step 1 – Devise passwords made of three random words to help protect you from cybercrime. A strong password is your first line of defence against hackers and cybercriminals. You can still use symbols and numbers if you need to, however, three random words are key.
- Step 2 – Install security software such as anti-virus. This helps protect your device from viruses and hackers.
- Step 3 – Download software updates as they contain vital security upgrades which help keep your device secure. Password policy and advice is constantly debated and will continue to be.