Password Laziness- Don’t be a victim!

 

 

We all get a little lazy with passwords. We all can relate to the frustration of trying to log into our apps, websites etc. and getting the “Invalid Password” message. And then the ritual of retyping the password only to get the same message again- ugh.

This is probably why many people do not view a strong password as a necessity, but more of an annoyance.  Quite frankly, I have changed my phone provider password on multiple occasions simply because it was faster to do that, than to try to find where I had written it down.

Passwords, at their core, are designed to ensure that only authorized individuals have access to whatever data or information that is stored on a device, or in a database. To neglect setting up a strong password leaves you vulnerable to hacks and data theft. These hacks can have a devastating impact on your business, if not just be a downright nuisance.

We now live in an age where the password is a way of life, I think it wise to revisit our attitudes regarding this safeguard, particularly in regards to your business. It is extremely important that you as the business owner protect the highly sensitive data that you acquire. A strong password is the foundation for this protection.

In researching for this blog, I found some information that is quite interesting. You can find the full article at

https://www.halock.com/blog/3/article1288

  • FACT – 66% of people online utilize only 1 or 2 passwords for all their accounts!

66% is a staggering amount of people. Especially when considering how connected we all are.

  • FACT – A Computer loaded with the latest virtualization program and high-powered graphics cards can now crack an eight -character password in 5 ½ hours.

WOW- and that was in 2013! I would imagine the technology today allows for this to be performed more rapidly.

So if you are not utilizing a strong password, we recommend that you begin immediately.

Here are a few tips to help develop a strong password.

Do:

  • Mix capital and lowercase letters
  • Include punctuation marks.
  • Include numbers
  • Change at least once a year
  • Keep a written list of all your passwords for each account. Keep the list handy, but secure.

Don’t

  • Use the same password for multiple accounts
  • Use names, birthdates or any personal information
  • Use passwords that pertain to your hobbies

These are just some basic tips to help keep your online data secure.

Have a question? Feel free to contact me at davem@callaes.com