Password Protection – Don’t Get Stuck in Old Habits.
6th July 2017
In today’s modern world, where technology is advancing and improving at a rapid rate, it is absolutely essential that you are vigilant and proactive when protecting your passwords. Hackers are using sophisticated software that can run millions of combinations of letters and symbols in a short period of time, meaning simple, easy to remember passwords are no longer safe.
At the start of 2017, the most used passwords were 123456, 123456789, Qwerty, 12345678, 111111. These are extremely simple, easy and straightforward to remember, which might be great for you, but the problem with this is, they are also extremely easy to hack.
To make matters even worse, many people simply reuse those passwords across multiple websites, and once that password has been hacked, many other website accounts are compromised – and because those passwords are rarely changed, these accounts stay compromised for months or even years at a time.
Can you really afford all of your personal and business data to fall into a hacker’s hands? We didn’t think so, so let’s not make it so easy for them.
Follow our guide below to ensure you have the maximum protection you can possibly have for your passwords:
How do I pick a Strong Password?
Don’t reuse old passwords, or use the same password multiple times. Although it may be really secure and impossible to guess, if the hacker gets hold of it, they will have access to everything. Make sure you use multiple passwords so if one is found the others aren’t compromised.
Use Two-Factor Authentication.
Two-factor authentication adds extra security to your most vital digital accounts, not all sites currently use two-factor authentication, but it is becoming increasingly popular due to modern security threats. Two-factor authentication allows you to put in your password as normal when entering an account, but once you hit “submit” or “login”, a six-digit passcode will be sent to you via an authentication app, which you must type in to gain access. Anyone who tries to login without this passcode will be instantly denied access and you will be notified.
Use Phrases Rather Than Words.
Use a phrase that is memorable such as “I love going 4 drinks with my friends @ Bridgwater”. This is extremely hard for someone to guess and for a hacker to decipher. For extra security add capitals, numbers and symbols just to be on the safe side.
Don’t Keep Your Passwords Documented.
Never keep your passwords in a document. If someone somehow manages to get onto your computer and you have your passwords saved in a document, you are pretty much giving the hacker a key to the treasure chest. If you want to keep your passwords saved securely to your computer, use apps such as RoboForm, Password Safe or KeePass. Here at PC Comms we highly recommend RoboForm Password Manager, and if required we can help set up and support it for your business. Please contact us for more details.
Get into the Habit of Refreshing Your Passwords.
We recommend changing your passwords at least every 6 months. If you ever get a notification telling you someone has logged into your account and it wasn’t you, change your password immediately – but be aware of phishing attacks – the message itself could be an effort to acquire your username and password – head to the vendor’s website and perform the password reset from there.
To stay security tight and one step ahead of the hackers you must educate yourself regularly. This will ensure you are not the victim of a password hack attack, and leave your mind at ease, knowing that your business and personal details are secure.
Download our dos and don’ts poster below for additional information on password security.