When it comes to basic cybersecurity, ensuring robust password security is more crucial than ever. However, some employees still resort to writing down their passwords, leading to potential vulnerabilities and it’s habits such as this that we help eliminate when working with our IT Support customers.
It’s important the team members don’t feel like they’re the only ones though. Just last week a breakfast news channel interviewed a senior representative from a business, unintentionally displaying an office password in the background, potentially exposing it to millions of viewers.
In all seriousness though, the implications of such incidents can be hugely damaging if passwords fall into the wrong hands. In this blog, we give you some quick password security tips that you can share with your colleagues.
Don’t use the same password
Using the same password for multiple accounts and logins is never a good idea because it potentially risks multiple accounts being accessed if the cybercriminals are successful.
Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols
Use a minimum of 15 characters and a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Do not use words that can be guessed (like your pet’s name). A simple way to create strong, memorable passwords is by using three random words.
Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication (2FA) helps stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have the password. Some companies use 2FA automatically, such as a code sent to your phone.
Don’t leave your passwords on post-it notes!
Leaving your password out in a public place puts the business in a GDPR nightmare if a data breach were to occur. Team members can save passwords in browsers instead. It is safer than using weak passwords and can protect against other cybercrime, such as fake websites.
Update your devices.
Out-of-date software, apps and operating systems contain weaknesses, making them easier to hack. Turn on automatic updates for devices and software that offer it.
To discuss your business’s IT needs or security in more detail, contact our IT Support team in 01865 367111.