Layer Up For World Password Day

Published On: May 2nd, 2024Categories: Business Technology, Cyber Security, Individual, Tech Tips

Passwords represent one of the most critical aspects of security. Protecting your accounts can be as simple as adhering to the basics of strong passwords and implementing additional layers of security. Here’s how:

Make Them Long.

Attackers often use password-cracking software that can guess short passwords in minutes or even seconds. Make sure every password is several characters long.

Ensure They’re Unique.

It’s vital to protect every account and device with a unique password. If you reuse a password and it gets stolen, someone could use it to gain access to any account with that same password.

Convert Them Into Passphrases.

A passphrase is a string of words that makes sense to only you, such as an obscure quote from your favorite book or movie. Passphrases should be easy for you to remember and hard for others to guess.

Factor In Additional Security.

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) provides an additional layer of security by requiring a secondary code in addition to a password. This helps protect your accounts should your password get leaked or stolen.

Follow Policy.

Following your organization’s current password policies is one of your top responsibilities. Failure to do so could lead to security incidents that provide unauthorized access to attackers.

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About the Author: Eric Vicencio

Eric began his career in healthcare, and he has been working in the IT field since 2006 when he graduated from Northern Illinois University. Eric specializes in Infrastructure, SQL and compliance: Licensing, HIPAA, GLBA and PCI.