With cyber crime on the rise and hackers finding increasingly inventive ways to steal your personal data, password protection is more important than ever.
Although there is no 100 per cent way to ensure your passwords remain safe, especially against complex cyber attacks, there are a few simple measures you can take to make things more difficult for criminals.
As such V3 has broken down the top five simple measures you can take to protect your password.
5) Don't base them on personal information
Cyber criminals are now using all manner of techniques to get to know their victims. This can include complex background checks to a quick scroll down your Facebook and Twitter feeds.
By doing their research hackers can get to know you more than you might think.
A quick glance at most people's social network profiles not only gives hackers basic facts like your date of birth, but also the tools to find more complex information like your mother's maiden name or your favourite band.
This research makes it all too easy for hackers to make informed password guesses when trying to break into your accounts.
4) Mix letters, numbers and special characters
Keeping up the theme of making it as difficult as possible for hackers to guess your login details, the use of a mixture of lower and upper case letters and numbers in your password is a must.
It may mean your password is more difficult to remember but the more complex your password the more difficult it is to crack.
For those really looking to protect themselves the use of special characters can add yet more complexity, as Trend Micro's Rik Ferguson notes.
"Mix letters, numbers and capitals - and also use special characters such as @, £, ! or & - complex passwords are more difficult to guess and more difficult to brute force or use a Rainbow Table attack against."
Rainbow Tables are large dictionaries full of pre-calculated hashes and passwords that can be used by hackers to launch automated attacks.
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