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Secure your E-Mail account today

Alert message sent 13/09/2019 09:37:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police


Cyber criminals can use your email to access many of your personal accounts, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft.​​​​​​​

  • Protect your email by using a strong, separate password
Cyber criminals can use your email to access many of your personal accounts and find out vital personal information, such as your bank details, address or date of birth.
Having a strong, separate password for your email means that if cyber criminals steal the password for one of your less important accounts, they can’t use it to access your email account.

 
  • Use three random words to create a strong password
​​​​​​​A good way to create a strong and memorable password is to use three random words. Numbers and symbols can still be used if needed, for example 3redhousemonkeys27!
Be creative and use words memorable to you, so that people can’t guess your password. Your social media accounts can give away vital clues about yourself so don’t use words such as your child’s name or favourite sports team which are easy for people to guess.
Cyber criminals are very smart and know many of the simple substitutions we use such as ‘Pa55word!” which utilises symbols to replace letters.
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  • Two-factor authentication is recommended for email accounts to make sure your data is secure.​​​​​​​
Two-factor authentication (often shortened to 2FA) provides a way of 'double checking' that you really are the person you are claiming to be when you're using online services, such as banking, email or social media. It is available on most of the major online services.
When setting up 2FA, the service will ask you to provide a 'second factor', which is something that you (and only you) can access. This could be a code that's sent to you by text message, or that's created by an app.

Some online services will already have 2FA switched on. However most don't, so you will need to switch it on yourself to give extra protection to your other online accounts, such as email, social media and cloud storage. If available, the option to switch on 2FA is usually found in the security settings of your account (where it may also be called 'two-step verification').

For more information around Cyber Security please visit http://www.nscs.gov.uk or visit Twitter @WMPDigitalPCSO 

Kind regards

Sean Long
Digital Police Community Support Officer


 
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Sean Long (Police, Digital PCSO, West Midlands)

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