The Definitive guide to Strong and Secure Password
It hardly needs to be re-iterated on the importance of a strong password. It is well known your password needs to be as strong and secure as possible in order to protect your personal information and business intelligence from falling into the wrong hands through cybersecurity breaches.
Whilst it is well known, many users online are un-educated in that matter of what makes a strong password and secure password and how they go about creating one. The digital age upon us showcases the need for security anywhere from email use for reviewing your weekly work roster to entire business operations across cloud-based platforms.
Here is a definitive guide to help you stay secure and productive online at all times.
- Create a passphrase
Current innovative thinking in terms of password designs is to instead create a passphrase (a collection of words creating a phrase) For example, my phone is grey and rough is easy to remember, yet impossible to guess, because who would think your phone is rough.
When creating, always be mindful and careful of some services, such as Twitter, which do not allow for spaces in passwords – you will need to adapt based on the platforms requirements.
- Don’t make the password too personal
Don’t tie the password to the name of your dog, family member or school you attended. Simplistic passwords often are the easiest to obtain as you are more likely to mention these words in a friendly discussion with friends, colleagues and others. These can also be found through your personal social media accounts.
- Change your password regularly
Ensure that you are not utilising the same password across multiple accounts and it is being changed regularly as this will decrease the risk of being your details being compromised and losing valuable information.
- Use a password manager or a password tool
You can use a password manager or password tools such as TeamsID, LastPass and 1Password which acts as a platform to store and secure all passwords. This method saves the need for remembering multiple passwords to your business’s cloud, Snapchat account or LinkedIn profile. Password managers can also generate strong passwords for each of your online accounts.
- Don’t use single words found in the dictionary
Your passwords should be as arbitrary as possible with no obvious patterns in the words or letters. This makes it difficult to obtain access into.
The next stage of online security is, of course, two-factor authentication, which is basically two layers of security. For example, when you log into your google account on a non-home device, then Google will begin the process of two-factor authentication. By first wanting your username and password, and then you need to login into your nominated second account as further proof of identity – all measures to make your office and personal devices more secure.
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