Password Policy

To enhance your experience of this website and to access all the features, we recommend that you register an account. You will need to specify your email address and choose a password, and the combination of both enables us to link you to your account.

Although you may not realise it, choosing a password is a vital step in this process, and on this page we give some guidance on how to choose a password that is more secure and harder to guess. As most things are online these days, this means one more password that you will need to remember; but please read on for details.

Why your password needs to be secure

If someone managed to guess your password, and knew your email address, they would be able to log in to your account without your consent. They might see information that is private and use it for malicious purposes. These days it is very easy for “computer hackers” to create a program that tries to guess the password thousands of times, for example trying every word in the English dictionary (which is just a basic example).

In an ideal world the password for your Pygott & Crone website account would be as secure as the ones you use for your vital online services like your bank, bills, social media and so on.

What makes a secure password?

In a nutshell, using different combinations of lower case, uppercase, numbers and symbols – and the length of the password; the longer the better generally. A good starting point is to think of a partial word or phrase and add some numbers and symbols, and make some letters uppercase.

Golden rules

  • Never use the same password for more than one website;
  • Never use a short password – aim for 12 characters or more;
  • Never use a password that is all in lowercase or uppercase, or is just a number;
  • Never use a password that is one of the top 500 worst passwords of all time;
  • Never save your password in a text file where it could be harvested by a virus;
  • Never write your password down along with your username or email address, or the name of the website that it is for;
  • Never use simple words, names, dates or places – anything that someone could easily guess, or easily find out on your social media accounts;
  • Never tell anyone your password;
  • Think twice before logging in to anything while connected to public, open or free Wi-fi;
  • Install antivirus software and malware scanners, and run regular scans to check for viruses, backdoors and keyloggers in particular;
  • Ensure that nobody is closely observing you e.g. looking over your shoulder while logging in;
  • If you ever suspect your password has been guessed or compromised, change it as soon as possible;

 

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