Bad password etiquette could spell trouble for your organisation…
Despite increased warnings and growing threats to businesses from hacks and data breaches, many people are still failing to adopt strong password practices. This isn’t just a matter of being unaware either – 91% of people surveyed by LastPass said they know that using the same password for multiple accounts poses a security risk, with 59% saying they still did it anyway. 53% also said they had not changed their passwords in the past 12 months, even when a data breach had made the news.
Improving Your Password Security
73% of respondents based in the UK said that they believe their passwords are sufficient protection for their online information. As we have mentioned in a previous blog, there are lots of different aspects to having strong IT security and promoting security throughout your business should help drive home just how important this is. Creating strong and varied passwords is an important security step however, and should not be neglected.
Here are some best practices for creating and managing passwords in your organisation, no matter how big or small you are…
Change your passwords regularly
While this may seem inconvenient, changing your passwords every 6-12 months helps to protect all of your online accounts
Use a password manager
Password management software helps to keep all of your passwords in one place so you don’t have to remember long, complex strings of characters. They are encrypted too though, which adds an extra layer of protection
Use different passwords for each account
If you have the same password for every single account you own, it only takes a data breach on one of those sites for a hacker to have the key to all your other accounts. You cannot prevent data breaches of other sites, but you can make sure you limit the damage on your other accounts
Create complex passwords
Password managers can automatically generate strings of characters for you in order to create the strongest password possible, but if you are creating one yourself, avoid using everyday words. Even replacing letters for numbers and characters (for example p@55w0rd) isn’t as secure as you might think. Use a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters in random order for a strong password
If you would like advice on passwords and your company’s IT security as a whole, please get in touch!