Protecting yourself

Using passwords to protect your data

It seems obvious enough, but passwords – when implemented correctly are a free, easy and effective way to prevent unauthorised people from accessing your devices and data


Make sure all devices use encryption products and ensure sure they require a password to reboot. Switch on password/Pin protection or fingerprint recognition.


Use two-factor authentication for important websites like banking and email, if you’re given the option. They can use a pin code or the Smartphone fingerprint recognition


Avoid using predictable passwords such as family name and pet names. Avoid the most common passwords that criminals can easily guess or get from social media.


Make sure you change the default password as manufacturers will often issue devices with a default, or even no password, before they are distributed to your staff.


If you forget your password, think someone knows it, or it has been otherwise compromised, tell your IT department as soon as you can. It costs nothing to change it, but a lot not to.


Consider using a password manager for all your staff and, if you do use one, make sure that the master password that provides access to all your other passwords is a strong one.

Remember, it's a game of leapfrog, so try and stay one step ahead