Top 5 password mistakes people make
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If you pick a passphrase like this one, your online accounts are less likely to be hacked.
But if you choose the name of your dog or other family members, you are at serious risk of being compromised.
That's the advice of Deputy Director at the Deakin University Cyber Security Research Centre Professor Matt Warren.
"People pick simple passwords that can be easily guessed," he said.
Data published by the Australian Cyber Security Centre revealed two in five people used the same password for all, if not most, of their accounts.
Professor Warren advised people said the data was worrying, and warned people to be more vigilant when it comes to protecting login details.
"What people should consider is using multi-factor authentications," he said.
Professor Warren said your family and friends should not be entrusted with your computer passwords.
He also said the common practice of writing down passwords on a Post-it note and leaving it on your desk made it easier for others to access your account.
"Avoid having a public record of your password," he said.
A more secure way of storing your password is on a Password Management System.
The system is a "seamless" computer program that reminds users when to update their password.
Multi-factor authentication is recognised by the Australian Cyber Security Centre as one of the "most effective controls" for organisations to prevent hackers from stealing online information.
"By having that extra level of security, it makes sure your passwords are not the only credentials to your account," Professor Warren said.
"More people should use it."
Professor Matt Warren's top 5 password mistakes people make:
1. Share passwords
2. Use the same password for all accounts
3. Pick simple passwords
4. Have a public record of passwords
5. Write down passwords as reminders