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How to Improve Password Security

Posted by: Jo Love
Category: IT Managed Services, IT Support, Tips and advice

We have previously shared our Top tips for Cyber Security, in which we raised the importance of password security. In this blog we delve deeper into how exactly you can improve your login security. Here are our top tips:

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 and numbers.

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 that gets 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 businesses IT needs or security in more detail, contact our IT Support team on 01865 367111.