We consider your CSD security as important, and we always do our best to protect your user account. From time to time, we share security tips that seek to alert you of any new scams. The easiest way to protect yourself, and the CSD, from cyber threats is by having a strong password. It’s simple – the longer and more complex your password, the more difficult it is to crack. Shorter and simpler passwords take less time and resources for hackers to compromise.

Traits of a Bad Password:

Hackers have created databases of the most common words, phrases, and number combinations that they can run your password through to find a match. The following are some common password themes that you should avoid:

  • Birthdays;
  • Names;
  • Phone numbers;
  • Sports teams;
  • Company information; and
  • Simple obfuscation of a common word (“P$$w0rd”).

What Makes a Good Password?

To start, your password should be at least 8 characters long, with at least one capital letter, one number, and one special character ( “%”, etc.). As an added layer of security, change your passwords on a regular basis to ensure that you stay ahead of the hackers. And, whenever possible, you should use multi-factor authentication, such as Google’s “Two Step Verification” to add an extra layer of security.

Remember, the best passwords contain as much randomness as possible – using unlikely combinations and random characters is a great strategy. Be creative!

When you suspect fraud immediately contact the CSD Support team on 012 406 9222 / csd@treasury.gov.za.