Stolen or weak passwords are still the most common reasons for data breaches. It’s important to pay close attention to the password management and security polices to create an effective passwords and provide a stronger barrier of protection against unauthorized access.
We’re here to provide a list of best practices to help your business strengthen security against current threats.
Embrace Long Passphrases
By using passphrases, you’re keeping your account more secure and harder to crack due to it’s longer character count. Unlike passwords, passphrases contain spaces between words and function as a string of randomized letters or a sentence.
The longer you make your passphrase, the more difficult it’ll be to crack. Base your passphrase off of your work culture, to help employees remember for easily. Most passphrases should be longer than 10 characters and include punctuation and symbols.
Don’t Repeat Passwords
We all understand that passwords are hard to remember and we’re often having to change or reset them. It’s easy to want to repeat the same passwords for all logins to easily switch between platforms. But do you ever wonder what’ll happen if your password is stolen? A hacker can log into all of your accounts, work and personal, with one single piece of data. This can be avoided by creating different passwords or passphrases for each account.
Implement Two-Factor Authentication
Two-step authentication is a process that requires a user to have a single login, such as a password, as well as an additional similar type of login that is sent directly to the user. For example, you may have a password for your first step and then receive a one-use code on your cell phone or to your email as the second step. A two-step authentication just adds as extra step in verifying your identity and keeping your information more secure. However, this is not to be meant as a means of keeping hackers out.
Avoid Storing Passwords
Whether you’re on your phone, laptop or desktop, you’re almost always prompted to store your password. It might seem too obvious but it’s important to avoid storing passwords digitally (and even on paper!), as such information could be stolen by those with malicious intent.
Be Vigilant About Cyber Safety
No matter how strong your passwords are or how meticulous you are about safety, your passwords won’t be safe if you don’t have the appropriate security in place.
ECMSI offers a state-of-the-art, multi-level security suite to ensure your network and critical data is being protected. We offer a free network health assessment to answer your questions, show you where you’re vulnerable, and what our recommendations are to keep your network healthy and productive. Follow the link below to schedule yours today!