Security Tips: The Importance of Password Safety

Over the 4th of July weekend, bad actors were hard at work, compiling passwords from data leaks over the past few years into the LARGEST brute force password list yet. While our clients have not been directly impacted, we wanted to use this situation to remind everyone of the importance of strong passwords and password management.

Passwords are your first line of defense between your personal information and the outside world, which is why strong passwords are crucial. Having weak passwords could result in stolen identities, loss of data or money, and even the loss of a job and/or reputation.

Password management isn’t a new concept, but in the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be easy to overlook. This is especially true when that dreaded ‘change password’ alert pops up and you just need to access your computer.

Follow the tips below to improve your password safety practices:

  1. Improve the strength of your passwords. Strong passwords are usually made up of at least sixteen characters. They should contain numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as special characters.
  2. Use passphrases. Recently, security standards strongly recommend using a passphrase rather than a single word. A good passphrase is one that is unique to you so that you can remember it but is also secret enough that no one else can guess it.
  3. Never use personal or obvious information in your passwords. For example, never include your name, email address, phone number, birth date, or any other information connected to you.
  4. Never use the same password for multiple accounts. If cybercriminals steal your password from one account and you’re using it on other accounts, you’ve given them the key to all accounts where you’ve used the same password.
  5. Use a password manager. If your organization allows it, use a password manager to create, store, and sync complex passwords across multiple devices. Password managers only require you to remember one master password. Ask your internal IT (or other applicable) team to see if this is something you can do.
  6. Get creative. Experts suggest using long, complex, and random combinations of words, letters, numbers, and special characters. Most importantly, if there is one available, always follow your organization’s password policy. Password policies are created to keep you and your organization safe.

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