Is your password strong enough? 

Creating new passwords can be difficult but it is needed to protect your information from hackers. (Deanna Corrieri)

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In the world of technology, keeping our social media accounts and private information out of the hands of hackers is vital.

In recognition of World Password Day yesterday, Great Southern Live spoke to local IT whizz Jordan Wilson, to learn more about passwords and why each password needs to be strong.

“With the amount of accounts everyone has these days, everything has a password and everyone has at least five to ten accounts,” Mr Wilson said.

“What happens is people will generally pick one password and they’ll keep that or a variation of that across all their accounts – that’s good because it makes it easy for you to remember, but it also makes it easier for someone else to figure out.”

Mr Wilson, who owns Albany IT company Concept Tech, said brute force attacks from bots will continuously try different combinations until they crack your password, so having more characters in your password, the better.

“Having 12 is the safest bet,” he said. 

“[People] normally go for uppercase/lowercase but having more letters or numbers makes your password strong.”

A 2019 report by Accenture Security found there was a 67 per cent increase in security breaches over the last five years.

Mr Wilson suggested in changing your password regularly, using two-step authentication, using an authentication app or using a password vault on your browser to give you a better chance of not being hacked.

“It really comes down to what you are trying to protect,” he said.

“If whatever you are putting a password on is more important or more valuable then that’s how you’ll determine much effort you’ll put into your password.”

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