With the rise of brute force attacks (automated attempts to crack passwords) on the rise. There has never been a better time to review the passwords you use.
It’s not an easy task to choose a password. Your password should be fairly long and shouldn’t be one that can be guessed. However, you do need to be able to remember it!
Here are a few pointers on how to choose a good password:
- First and foremost – choose a password that would be hard to crack.
- Never share your password
- Don’t use the same password for all of your accounts – the hacker only needs to break the password once to gain access to all of the services you use
- Avoid using passwords on unsecured networks such as Coffee Shops, Hotels etc.
- Change your passwords after using unsecured networks
- Never write down your password and certainly don’t put it on a sticky note in your top desk drawer – we always find at least one password in a desk drawer when we are asked to perform a security sweep
- Never store your password in a computer program
- Think of your password in several parts – consider a core password with a different prefix and suffix, depending on where the password is being used. This is a good way to manage large numbers of passwords
- Change your passwords regularly
If you need help with passwords or any other aspect of computer security then get in touch with us.
*** UPDATE ***
We are now recommending that where possible you enable two factor authentication. This means you will need your username and password and a one-time code generated via an app or text on your mobile device.