Protect Your Data: 6 Tips for Secure Passwords

Keeping your data safe is imperative and should be a priority for all businesses. The impact of ransomware can be widespread and long-lasting, so how do companies protect themselves from data breaches? It starts with the employees. In addition to training and adhering to established security policies and protocols, employees should be using secure passwords to protect their (and the company's) data and proprietary information. This blog will explore some tips for establishing secure passwords to create a strong barrier between your data and cybercriminals.

Stay Away from the Obvious

Passwords that are too simple or obvious are likely to be quickly hacked. For example, using "password" or "12345" as your password is not effective in holding off cybercriminals. Those hackers who use brute force as their method of attack will likely try these obvious passwords first as they attempt to access your information. Also, do not use your personal information like first name or date of birth in your password since that information is easy for hackers to find out.

Create a Long Password

One of the most critical factors in creating a secure password is using one that is long. Many experts suggest using passwords with 15 or more characters in them. The longer your password is, the more secure it will be because it is harder for cybercriminals to guess.

Keep it Complicated

A password with a combination of letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and special characters are the most effective in staving off a data breach. Phrases or some combination of words that have meaning to you are not only strong passwords but are also easier for you to remember than a random collection of long letters, numbers, and characters.

Do Not Share and Keep Your Password Out of Sight

This may seem like common sense, but do not share your password with anyone. Sharing your password increases the likelihood that it will fall into the wrong hands and expose sensitive company information. Similarly, it is not good practice to write down your password and keep it under your keyboard or on a sticky note on your monitor. Remember that passwords are meant to be private and serve as a first line of defense against cybercriminals.

Avoid Reusing Passwords Across Accounts

Using the same password across multiple accounts can make it easier for hackers to infiltrate your system and steal your information. If a cybercriminal is staging a large-scale attack, they will look for accounts which use the same password. Using unique passwords for every account will mitigate the risk of hackers easily gaining access to your information.

Regularly Change Your Passwords

Changing your passwords frequently makes it more difficult for cybercriminals to perform a successful cyber attack on your information. A steady rotation of passwords will keep hackers on their toes and can help prevent these cyber thieves from breaching your company's data. Once you update your password, be sure not to use your older password for a while.

Enlist the Support of Tech Experts

The AJTC team are experts in data and network security and can help your company protect sensitive and valuable information. We will work with you to create and implement solutions to best suit your business. Contact AJTC today to learn more about our managed services, hosted services, and customizable technology solutions. You may also visit AJTC here or call 708.942.8200.

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