Be Cyber Aware and #ThinkRandom to create strong passwords

Published 26 October 2016

To help people stay secure online and keep their data secure, the Government’s cyber security campaign, Cyber Aware, is urging people and small businesses to #ThinkRandom to create strong passwords.

More people now store valuable data – both personal and business – on devices like a smartphone, tablet or computer. At the same time, cybercrime is a growing national issue, as according to ONS figures an estimated 2 million cybercrime offences were committed last year. If a hacker gains access to your device they could cause a lot of damage – for example, they can access sensitive data such as your email or bank details. If you own a business, your devices are full of your clients’ data. Your business and its reputation are at risk if this information is compromised.

To help you keep your data secure, Cyber Aware (formerly called Cyber Streetwise), has launched a new campaign to encourage you to create strong passwords by using three random words. Combining three words which mean something to you but are random to others will create a password that is strong and memorable. Use separate passwords for your business and home account as well to further decrease the chances of multiple security breaches.

Security Minister, Ben Wallace said “Tackling cybercrime not only requires a concerted response from law enforcement and Government but also vigilance from members of the public. While the Government will invest £1.9 billion in cyber security over the next years, we can all make a difference and protect ourselves from cyber crime by taking some very simple steps, such as using three random words to create a strong password”.

Cyber Aware’s #thinkrandom campaign will be promoting the use of three random words from its Facebook and Twitter accounts to help people be more secure online and thwart cyber criminals. Keep an eye out for a range of inspirational random ideas and don’t forget to share the posts. To find out more visit the Cyber Aware website or e-mail: cyberaware@homeoffice.x.gsi.gov.uk.

Back to all news articles

Secondary navigation

(current page)