Easy Passwords Will Hurt You
Do you use an easy password? Something easy to “crack” such as your birthday or name? If you do, then unfortunately, you are a hackers ideal victim. You are what is commonly referred to as the “low hanging fruit” meaning you are the victim that is the easiest to reach (and compromise).
Fear not though, we’ve written this blog to help you fight back and keep yourself safe and secure.
We recommend everyone uses strong, secure passwords. This means that they should be made up of a series of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols. Also, they are preferably a minimum of 8 characters long.
There are many tools online to help you create a secure password. Try the password generator found here: password generator
Another point is not to use the same password for everything. If someone was able to find out your password, even if it is strong, they will have access to all of your accounts and possibly sensitive information.
So you may be wondering how you are going to remember this? A long and entirely randomised password for each and every one of your accounts?
Glad you asked! A password manager is designed for exactly this. It’s a piece of software which stores all your passwords in a secure and usually encrypted location. This means you only have to remember the password for the manager itself.
There are many options when it comes to password managers. All with their own advantages and disadvantages. But the one we recommend is called KeePass.
This is a locally installed password manager. Meaning that is installed and saved on your physical PC or memory stick. We like this one as your information is kept with you and not stored on any someone else’s hardware.
It is simple to use, but still comprehensive and feature rich. It allows you to generate passwords, store passwords, website addresses, usernames, add notes and even sort into different groups.
Is your business using strong, secure passwords? If not you might be at risk. Contact us to find out how we can help.