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:

  1. First and foremost – choose a password that would be hard to crack.
  2. Never share your password
  3. 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
  4. Avoid using passwords on unsecured networks such as Coffee Shops, Hotels etc.
  5. Change your passwords after using unsecured networks
  6. 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
  7. Never store your password in a computer program
  8. 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
  9. 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.