HOW can you protect yourself from cybercrime

Published: Saturday, 18 February 2017

HOW can you protect yourself from cybercrime whilst you’re out and about? It starts with #thinkrandom When was the last time you used your child or partner’s name as an online password, or shared your password with someone else? If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. The latest government stats, from Ipsos MORI, reveal that only 35% of Britons are following the Government’s latest advice to use strong passwords made up of three random words.

The stats also revealed that 27% of people have shared their passwords with others. Whether you’re using the internet at home or connecting to the free wifi onboard many of our buses or trains, cybercrime is a growing national issue and a weak password can allow hackers to use your email to gain access to all of your personal accounts, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. That’s why the Stagecoach Group is supporting the Cyber Aware campaign to urge our travellers to make sure they’re doing enough to protect themselves from cybercrime. The good news is being more cyber secure doesn’t need to be time consuming or complex. Using three random words to make a password strong and memorable is – according to the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ – one of the most important actions people can take to protect themselves from cybercrime. Online users can take inspiration from anything that interests them – from favourite cities to foods or hobbies. Thinking random is the best way to keep secure online with a strong password. The most important accounts are your email, social media and online banking accounts, so do aim to use strong, separate passwords for each of these. To find out more about how to stay secure online and how we can help our customers to do so visit cyberaware.gov.uk or follow the conversation on Twitter @cyberawaregov

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