A Guide to making secure but memorable passwords

Here is a simple way to making a secure but memorable password for every program and website you use:

Use three random letters, one memorable word and then three random numbers – It is important to note that to ensure your password stays memorable you only change the word part of your new password (which should also be a word relevant to the site or program you are using), here are a few examples;

jxtsell612 – for something like eBay or Gumtree.

jxtpics612 – for Dropbox

jxtfile612 – for Google Drive or Onedrive
This method ensures your password is strong and easily memorable as you only need to remember the word you associated with that site or program. If you would like to make your password even more secure you could change on of the letters to a capital letter and/or add a special character, so as an example i might use;

jxtPics612! – For dropbox (Change marked in red)

Now this password contains, lower case letters, upper case letters, special characters and numbers – Using all of these will ensure your password is highly secure and will meet the criteria of most sites and programs.

If you are going to use an upper case letter and a special character in your password it is important to keep the password consistent to keep it easily memorable so now the passwords would look like this;

jxtSell612!

jxtPics612!

jxtFile612!

Ransomware

Ransomware is increasing in recent months and once your computer is infected it is highly unlikely you will be able to recover any data that has been infected, by far the best protection against this type of threat is awareness and precaution. Here is Red data’s guide on how best to avoid it and what to do if you think a computer may be infected;

What is ransomware?

Ransomware (a.k.a. rogueware or scareware) restricts access to your computer system and/or files and demands that a ransom is paid in order for the restriction to be removed – Paying the demand will not actually unlock your computer or files and is simply a scam to make money.

How best to avoid this type of infection?

•Install and use an up-to-date antivirus solution (i.e. Microsoft Security Essentials).

•Make sure windows is up-to-date.

•Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments or emails from people unless you already know them to be a trusted source.

•Enable smart screen in Internet Explorer.

•Have a pop-up blocker running in your web browser.

•Always backup your important files regularly.

What to do if you think a computer might be infected:

If you think a computer might be infected with ransomware you should turn the computer in question off immediately or you may risk the infection spreading over your network to other computers and devices. The next step is to contact and IT professional and explain the situation, they will then be able to quarantine your computer and diagnose it further and attempt to repair it without any risk of the infection spreading.