In today’s digital landscape, safeguarding sensitive information is of paramount importance. This applies for both for businesses and individuals. One key way you can work to ensure your online security is through creating and maintaining strong passwords.
In this blog post, we’re sharing some essential tips and best practices for password security so you can be assured you’re doing all you can to keep you and your business secure.
First and foremost, ensure that any passwords you create are strong and secure:
- Use a mix of upper and lower case letters
- Include special characters, e.g. #@
- Do not use personal information such as your name, date of birth
- Make your password as long as possible
NEVER share your password with others and remember – complexity is your best friend. Don’t use anything obvious!
Never use the same password across multiple accounts because if one account is compromised, hackers can then gain access to other accounts where you have used the same password. Make it a habit to create unique passwords for each service, website or platform you use. It can be difficult to remember multiple passwords but we’ll explore a solution later on that can simplify this.
It’s essential to update your passwords regularly to ensure prolonged security. Consider doing this every 3 months, especially for accounts with extra sensitive information and data. Some systems may prompt you to change your password automatically.
Implementing two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. This method requires you to provide a second form of verification, e.g. a temporary code sent to your mobile, in addition to your password. Enable 2FA wherever possible as it greatly improves security!
We know how overwhelming it can be to remember all of your different passwords, but there is a solution to this! Don’t write them down or share them with anyone else… instead use a password manager.
Password managers, like Keeper for example, store all of your passwords in a single secure account. Once you’re logged in it also automatically fills in your login credentials for your registered systems and sites which saves you time!
If you’d like more advice on what you can do to enhance security for your business, we can help. We can discuss your current security procedures and recommend what you can do to improve, as well as offer general IT Support for your business. Contact us on 0161 241 9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.