The latest government statistics from Ipsos Mori, show that only 35% of Britons are following the Government’s latest advice to use strong passwords made up of three random words. It is according to National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, one the most important actions you can take to protect yourself from cybercrime.
Cybercrime is growing national issue, according to ONS figures an estimated 2 million cybercrime offences were committed last year.** A weak password can allow hackers to use your email to gain access to all of your personal accounts, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft and fraud.
Cyber Aware, is urging people and businesses across the UK to #ThinkRandom when it comes to creating strong passwords.
A spokesperson from the National Cyber Security Centre said, “Our research shows that the best way to make a password memorable and strong is to use three random words. 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, separate passwords for each of these”.
With 27% of people saying they have shared their passwords with other people, Cyber Aware is also reminding people to keep their passwords secret.
Security minister Ben Wallace said: “Tackling cybercrime not only requires a concerted response from law enforcement and Government but also vigilance from members of the public. We can all make a difference and protect ourselves from cybercrime by taking some very simple steps, such as three random words to protect passwords.”
To find out more about how to stay secure online visit cyberaware.gov.uk or follow the conversation on Twitter @cyberawaregov (opens new window) and using the hashtag #thinkrandom.