technology

5 easy ways to protect yourself from cyber attacks.

Use your smarts, and technology, to be cyber-secure – at home, at work, at uni or out in the world.

  1. CHECK IF YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN INVOLVED IN A DATA BREACH
    Visit haveibeenpwned.com(external link) and change those passwords for any accounts that it suggests may have been compromised.
  2. CHECK THE STRENGTH OF YOUR PASSWORDS
    Test the strength of your passwords at howsecureismypassword.net(external link) (use something similar to your original password to test its strength).

When choosing a password, remember: the longer it is, the stronger it is. A strong password is at least 12 characters long and hard to guess.

Using a sentence is a great way to create a long password that you’ll never forget.

  1. AVOID THESE PASSWORDS
    The following passwords are considered the most common and easiest to crack – so if you’ve got any of these or similar variations, you should seriously considering changing them – quickly!

123456 (or any chronologically-ordered numbers)
987654321
123123
QWERTY
111111
password
WHICH GENERATION IS MOST GUILTY OF USING INEFFECTIVE PASSWORDS?

  1. TRUST NO ONE (ON EMAILS)
    This may sound a bit extreme – but always be on the lookout for deceitful emails and compromised web pages (spam and phishing). Interacting with these puts your information at risk and can download viruses. Remember:

don’t open email from unknown email addresses
trash attachments in unexpected emails
avoid risky clicks – instead type the address into your browser.

  1. SECURE YOUR DEVICE
    If your mobile device is unsecured, lost or stolen, it could be used to access your info, your money or steal your identity and irreplaceable data like photos or messages. Secure your devices by:

installing anti-virus software
setting a password, gesture or fingerprint that must be entered to unlock
setting the device to require a password before applications are installed
leaving Bluetooth hidden when not in use and disabling automatic connection to networks
enabling remote locking and/or wiping functions, if your device supports them.