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Your Passwords Aren’t Inherently Secure

Your Passwords Aren’t Inherently Secure

Passwords are just one part of a comprehensive security strategy, but they are a crucial one. You must make sure that you are investing adequate time and effort into making sure your passwords are secure. This is easier said than done, but by the end of this brief article, you’ll have the essential information you need to craft excellent passwords for your accounts.

What Are Some Password Best Practices?

In a list format, we have put together some password best practices for your review:

  • Use complex strings of characters: Your passwords should consist of both upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • The longer, the better: If you have more characters in your password, there are more opportunities for a hacker to get it wrong. Your passwords should be easy to remember, but hard to guess.
  • Opt for passphrases rather than passwords: To make your passwords easier to remember, you can use a passphrase. The passphrase is basically an upgraded password variant that is harder to guess, but easier to remember. For example, if you were to use a favorite 80’s movie, you might pull a famous line from the movie along with the title and tie it together. For example, if your favorite movie of all time is Short Circuit, you might make your passphrase Sh0rtCIRCUIT#5isALIVE!86
  • Use different passwords for each account: You should be using different passwords for each of your accounts, just in case one of them gets stolen. After all, if you use the same password for every account, you’ll have to change every single one of them anyway.

With these practices, you can make more complex and secure passwords. In addition to these practices, you can consider some of the following to make using them easier and more efficient.

What Else Can You Do to Protect Your Online Accounts?

To capitalize on the benefits of password security for your business, we recommend that you take things just a hair further with additional policies and technology solutions. We recommend multi-factor authentication and password management solutions to get the most out of your password and authentication policies.

With multi-factor authentication, you can use additional authentication protocols alongside passwords to maximize security. Your average multi-factor authentication tool will utilize two of the three methods: something you are (biometrics), something you have (smartphone, USB key), or something you know (a password, PIN, or passphrase).

In comparison, password management tools take what you have applied to your password security and make them that much easier to manage. Password managers store your passwords in an encrypted database where they are protected by a master password. You can then call the passwords as they are needed when you access your accounts. Password managers often have the capability to generate passwords for you, just in case you need some help with your complex passwords. It makes using complex passwords and passphrases that much easier.

Attend IT Limited is here to help outfit your business with the security and productivity tools it needs. Give us a call at 020 8626 4485 to learn more.

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