Protecting your computer and devices online
Last updated: 24 July 2019

Passwords and cloud storage

Using strong passwords can help keep you safe online when accessing:

  • websites
  • email and social media
  • online banking
  • your computer, smartphone or tablet

A 'strong password' is a password someone else won't find easy to guess or hack.

It's important that you update your passwords on a regular basis and never share them with anyone.

There are no fixed rules about creating a strong password.

Find advice on how to choose strong and separate passwords on the National Cyber Security Centre website.

You can find advice on what you should and shouldn't do on the Get Safe Online website.

You can also get help creating passwords using Norton Security's password generator.

What to do if a password has been hacked

If you think your password has been hacked, you should:

Cloud storage

'Cloud storage' is a way of storing your personal files on remote servers. Your files are then accessed using the internet.

If you use cloud storage, use a strong password and:

  • check your service's terms and conditions, and privacy notice
  • use privacy settings to restrict who can access your files
  • check the security and availability of the service is right for your files

You can find more advice on cloud storage on the Information Commissioner's Office website.