Are You Taking Your Company’s Cyber Security Seriously? Your Password Says Differently.
Every business owner knows that 2014 was an eye-opening year when it comes to security – several large data breaches took place, from J.P. Morgan Chase to Home Depot. Some people are still not learning their lesson and cracking down on cyber security.
Passwords are the gatekeeper to everything from email and banking to total access to our computers and smartphones. A survey conducted by Janrain found that more than 50% of adults use 5 or more passwords – and while it sounds like a good thing, using that many passwords can cause problems. When people are trying to remember that many different codes they tend to go for the easiest possible idea. What’s at the top of this year’s 25 worst used passwords? “123456” and “Password”. Yes, really.
With a basic password as simple as the ones many people are using, it can take hackers less than 2 minutes to break into your system – and they can do a whole lot more than you think in just two minutes. If you’re starting to realize your passwords aren’t adequate, you’re not alone.
What can you do when you need to update your protection but don’t want something you’ll constantly forget and have to reset? Try to follow these rules:
- Pick a password that consists of at least 8 characters
- Use a capital letter and a number to complicate things a bit
- Replace a password with a phrase
The last tip is perhaps the most helpful. While we tend to forget random jumbles of letters and numbers, it’s easier to remember phrases that are unique to your friends or family.
Additionally, SSO (single sign-on) can help you protect your computer or devices. It’s a service that allows you to log in once and then gain access to all systems and accounts without having to log in again to each.
However you decide to protect yourself, know that it can make all the difference in how safe your system is. Take some time to consider our tips and create a password that’s unique, memorable, and secure.
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