The government is warning people in the West Midlands to rethink their online passwords to protect against cybercrime.
The National Cyber Security Centre say having a strong password is one of the most important actions people can take to protect themselves.
According to the Office of National Statistics an estimated 2 million cybercrime offences were committed last year.
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