How to keep passwords safe?
It feels like we have a password for everything these days. It can be tempting to use one password that’s easy to remember for all our online accounts, but this can put you at risk for fraud and scams.
- Use unique passwords
- Use different passwords for all your online accounts. This reduces the risk of your banking details being compromised as cybercriminals will not have access to your data from multiple platforms, even if one account is compromised.
- Use strong passwords
- Make long passwords with a mix of lower and uppercase letters, numbers and symbols.
- Avoid using any personal references or notable dates as this can make it easy for a hacker to guess your password.
- Change your password regulary
- Regularly changing passwords minimises the risk of your accounts being compromised if a scammer uncovers one of your old passwords.
- Use a password manager
- Keeping track of all your unique, strong passwords that regularly change can be challenging. A password manager can make things easy and keep all your passwords safe. Visit Cert NZ to learn how.
- Don’t store passwords on a shared computer
- Don’t store passwords or password safes on a shared computer or device unless you can ensure they cannot be accessed by a third party, for example using Face ID technology or a secure password.
- Never share your passwords
- Never share your passwords with anyone. Westpac will never ask you for confirmation of your online banking password or PINs. These should not be disclosed to anyone.