Christmas is a time for spending time with the people we love and for many it’s also a time for exchanging gifts to demonstrate their care for one another. In today’s modern world, technological gifts feature on a lot of Santa lists throughout the UK.

Whether it’s setting up a Playstation Network account, using a new device to create a social media account, or even setting up a smartphone, creating passwords is an essential part of Christmas time.

Our online safety experts have developed the following resources to help you teach children and young people how to create strong passwords while discussing the importance they play in protecting our accounts and personal information.

When was the last time you changed your password?

No matter if you are eight or eighty-eight, now is as good a time as ever to review your passwords to help you have a safer and secure Christmas.

Our top tips for password security: 

  • Passwords should be changed four times a year, use a secure password manager rather than allowing browsers to ‘auto-save’

  • Use a different password for each online account 

  • When helping children create passwords, ensure they tell no-one else but you

  • Use a selection of numbers, capital, and lowercase letters and symbols when creating a password (avoid easily guessable information, e.g. your name, address, pets, football teams, etc.)

  • Use a formula or recipe, for example, three random words followed by four numbers – pineapple-shoelace-buttercup1969 or replacing vowels in passwords with numbers or symbols – 1L0v3F0rtnIt£ 

  • Use a password checker to test the strength of your password 

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