The internet recently celebrated its 30th birthday.
After 30 years we are still struggling to understand what is good practise when creating passwords. Creating a password can be a tricky business. Most people have over 30 online accounts that need passwords, including banking and government tax payments.
So what can you do to make your passwords secure?
1. Change your passwords regularly and don't recycle old passwords to reuse again in the future. If security is breached your contact details and passwords can be in the public domain. If you go back to an older password, you may be opening your account up to access from hackers.
2. Use unique passwords for all accounts. By using unique passwords for each account you have, you are removing the risk of a breach across other accounts.
3. Don't use obvious personal information, likes children's or parents names, birthdays or anniversaries. These pieces of information can easily found on social media. If you are asked to set up a recovery question, ensure that the answer to this question is not easy to see on social media.
4. Use a nonsensical word. Can you believe in 2019, that "Password" is still one of the most used passwords around. People also use "Jesus", "QWERTY" and "123456". These are easy for hackers to break. Your passwords should be a mixture of numbers, letters, uppercase and symbols.
5. Set up two-factor authentication where possible, two-factor links an email address or phone number to a secured account. When an account is accessed, a text or email is sent across to the secondary contact source to confirm identification
6. Do not share your passwords, with anyone. Keeping your password under wraps is very important. Don't write your passwords down anywhere and don't put your password into devices if anyone is watching you.
7. Change your passwords regularly. Information on how often you should change your password varies from site to site. A good rule of thumb is the more sensitive the data, the more regularly you should change your password. Good housekeeping would be at least every 90 days.
Even with all these security precautions in place it is still possible for you account to be accessed.
If you are worried about your business security or worried about the damage a breach could cause you, get in touch with our experts who will be able to give advise on the best may to mitigate the risks.