The latest Government statistics show that only 35% of people in the UK are following Governmentâ€™s latest advice to use strong passwords made up of three random words.
According to the newly formed National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, one the most important actions people can take to protect themselves from cybercrime is by having a strong password.Â
Cybercrime is a growing issue, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics an estimated 2 million cybercrime offences were committed in 2015 and it cost the UK Â£11 billion last year.Â
A weak password can allow hackers to use email to gain access to all your personal accounts, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft or fraud.
The Governmentâ€™s cyber security campaign, Cyber Aware, is urging people and businesses across the UK to #ThinkRandom when it comes to creating strong passwords.Â
Using three random words to create a strong password, is the latest advice the NCSC. Numbers and symbols can still be used if needed, however, using three random words is the key to creating a strong password. You should change your password if you think itâ€™s been compromised.
A spokesperson from the National Cyber Security Centre said, â€œOur 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 itâ€™s important to use strong, separate passwords for each of theseâ€.
The statistics commissioned by Government using Ipsos MORI also show that 27% of people say they have shared their passwords. Cyber Aware is also reminding people to keep their passwords secret.
To report a fraud and cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number, call us on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.