The best way that you can be on guard against it is by putting good password best practices in place. Here's a handy guide on what some of those best practices are. Read on to learn more!
1. Long Passwords Are Better Passwords
Longer passwords are harder to guess. If someone is attempting to get into your account, they could be targeting you using the information they know about you. The longer the password, the more margin for error and the less likely someone will be able to guess it.
Another way someone may try to gain access to your account is through a method called a "brute force attack." This method uses a computer program to enter all possible combinations of characters until it finds the correct one. The longer the password, the longer it will take to crack.
This neat tool can show you how long your password would take to brute force.
2. Weird Passwords Are Strong Passwords
When it comes to security, the weirder the password, the better. Combinations of letters not found in the dictionary are much harder to guess. Including numbers and symbols also decreases the likelihood of hackers cracking your password.
Here's an example:
creamcheese, while easy to remember, is a very weak password. It's two words that commonly go together, it's all lowercase, and there are no special characters.
dReemChEEz would make a moderately strong password but could be improved upon. Though the words dream and cheese don't often go together, this password still lacks special characters.
DR3am_Ch3ez' is a very strong password! The introduction of numbers and special characters, like the underscore, make this password very secure. It's still simple enough for you to remember with a little practice.
3. Don't Use the Same Password For Everything
In this age of the internet, it feels like you sign up for a new website login every other day. It's very common for people to make the mistake of using one password for all these different accounts.
If you use the same password for Netflix as you do your bank accounts, and Netflix is involved in a massive data breach, then that information could easily be used by hackers to attempt to access your bank account.
Password manager programs are widely available and can help you keep all your different passwords straight. The program stores your passwords and protects them all with one super password.
If you insist on keeping a physical cheatsheet of your passwords, don't use a sticky note stuck to your computer monitor! Keep it locked up in a safe place. It's not only unknown hackers out on the web who could be trying to access your accounts.
Also, be sure to change your passwords regularly. That way, if they do become compromised, you will restore the safety of your accounts.
Password Best Practices: Keep Your Data Safe
It is important to educate your employees about how to create strong passwords and store them safely. Make sure everyone at your business is on the same page about password best practices to help keep company and consumer data safe!
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