Happy International Password Day!
Yes, today is international password day! How many times have you entered your password in anguish in case you forgot it? How many times have you felt relieved when you finally logged in? As an IT company it’s our responsibility to inform you about the significance of a secure password in a digital world that is continuously hacked and attacked by malicious users. According to a recent report, over 80% of hacking-related breaches are because of weak or stolen passwords. In this blog, we have gathered 8 DO’s and DON’Ts that you need to be aware of in order to have a seamless online experience.
- Use Password Management
Platforms such as LastPass (https://www.lastpass.com/) allow you to store all your passwords in a safe environment. It also allows you to generate a password in case you’ve caught yourself wondering ‘What password should I use now?’
- A Strong Password Consists of…
A good password includes several different characters. For example, uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols such as exclamation marks, hyphens, and the blood of a unicorn (just kidding).
- Use As Many Characters as Possible
Ensure that your passwords are long enough (at least 12 characters) for a safe password. Most people like to use which are 14 or 20 characters in length.
- Always have a unique password for each account
Always have a different password for everything you create so that in case something happens on one of your accounts, all the rest will be safe.
- Avoid weak commonly used passwords
You’ll be surprised to learn how many people use their birthdays as a password – and this practise my friend, is not secure at all. You should avoid weak, commonly used passwords like asdf1234 or password1 at all costs.
- Avoid logging in unprotected networks
Do not ever enter your password in laptops or computers that you’re not sure about. You never know who’s used them before you or who will have access to them after you.
- Companies will never ask you for your password
Established companies will never ask for any personal information such as your password. If for any reason you’d like to change it, they’ll send you a specific link to change it by yourself.
- Don’t log in unprotected networks
On the far left of a URL you get to see how secure a website is. Always check this before you enter your password.
These are just some of the DO’s and DON’Ts that you need to know when handling your passwords. The internet can be a very dangerous place so we need to take the right precautions in order to protect our data and that of others. Please rest assured that Cybeem will always be by your side to help and advise you in any event.