How to Use Passwords Correctly to Secure Your Business
Making sure your business is secure is very important, and therefore password strength and security is very important.
If you are someone who uses the same passwords for everything then you immediately put yourself at risk. All it takes is for you to use that password on one website that maybe doesn’t have great security, or even worse isn’t a legit website. From this cyber criminals will take your password and try it on everything that might have important details on you or anything valuable to them, and take advantage. This can include accessing emails, banking, and social media accounts.
There is also the fact that often cybercriminals will sometimes randomly try some popular passwords, so it is a good idea not to have these. So if your password is something like 123456, password, qwerty or abc123 consider changing them now
Now, the most secure password is a long string of letters, numbers, and symbols something like Ad33&mNf-z28B9%@4. However, this is difficult to remember, and even if you could remember the one you would never remember a different one for every website, so what do you do?
One option is to have a password-protected file on your computer, or use a password manager with all your passwords in, and make a difficult to guess the password for that, generating your own code. So you could come up with a sentence such as “The first house I ever lived in was 613 Fake Street. Rent was £400 per month“ This can be transformed into TfhIeliw613FS.Rw£4pm. Now, this contains all the key characteristics of a strong password while remaining memorable to you.
The final thing to note is that changing passwords regularly amps up your security. If someone is trying to access your data, the longer you have the same password the more likely they are to eventually get in.
So in order to keep your information safe from cybercriminals, keep these points in mind as good rules of thumb to follow.