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How to protect yourself against cybercrime

The government is warning people in the West Midlands to rethink their online passwords to protect against cybercrime.

36%
of people in the region are not following password advice.

The National Cyber Security Centre say having a strong password is one of the most important actions people can take to protect themselves.

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According to the Office of National Statistics an estimated 2 million cybercrime offences were committed last year.

27%
of people in the region say they've shared their passwords with others.

A weak password can allow hackers to use email to gain access to personal accounts, leaving people vulnerable to identity theft or fraud.

Advice on creating a strong password:

  • Make a strong password using three random words
  • Most important accounts are email, social media and online banking
  • Use a different password for each of your important accounts
  • Re-using passwords is risky
  • Use a mix of numbers, symbols and upper and lower case letters
  • Select a random word or phrase and insert letters and numbers
  • Make sure to regularly update your recovery email address
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