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PLDT and Smart Advocate Unique Passwords, The First Line of Defense Against Hackers

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Cyber Security Operations Group

Cyber Security Operations Group (CSOG) of PLDT and Smart strongly recommends assigning unique passwords to all online accounts, including digital wallets and online banking services.

Cyber Security Operations Group

“If you use the same password for all login credentials, you basically hand over access to all your accounts. It’s like giving the robber the master key to your front door, cabinets, and safe,” warned Angel Redoble, First Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer of PLDT and Smart.

The use of strong passwords is the first line of defense against hackers. It's essential that in this age of constant connectivity, you'll need to sign up for and manage more than one set of online accounts, for work, financial transactions, or personal use. That requires you to keep track of so many passwords.

Yet, many users, for the sake of convenience, use the same password across all platforms. However, doing this could be extremely risky since it can the floodgates to a deluge of headaches.

Remembering different passwords for different accounts may pose a memory challenge. But CSOG has a CyberSmart trick to help you out. Use alphanumeric codes to assign each password to a specific account.

For example, if your common password is ‘W0rldPe@c3’, you can add either a prefix or a suffix to denote which platform it is for. For Instagram, you may add ‘IG33’ as a prefix – ‘IG33W0rldPe@c3’. For Google, you may add ‘GG33’ at the end – ‘W0rldPe@c3GG33’.

CSOG also shares the following tips on creating strong passwords:

Key in at least 8 characters that meet at least three of the following conditions – alphanumeric, UPPER-CASE, and lower-case letters, special characters. Use multi-factor authentication to add another layer of protection.

Consider password managers to help you match the password to a specific platform.
  • Do not use your username as a password.
  • Never recycle the last 5 passwords used.
  • And more importantly, do not display, print, or copy passwords.
And in the event that your account provider has been breached, change your password immediately.

The efforts of PLDT and Smart to prevent cybercrimes are fundamental to the PLDT Group’s much broader program to elevate the quality of customer experience by protecting them from threats and attacks.

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