A guide to Password Security
March 31st 2015
All too often, passwords are exposed putting personal and corporate data at risk. While spending on security is increasing, most companies still expect to be hacked in the next 12 months. Passwords, especially those not supported by two-factor authentication, are your last lines of defence against prying eyes.
Passwords can be compromised for a number of reasons:
- Personal: this is generally someone that you know e.g. an ex that has a grudge against you or an intrusive spouse;
- Brute-force attack: this occurs when a hacker systematically checks all possible passwords until the correct one is found;
- Data Breach: Data breaches have been a regular feature in the news lately, mainly due to a number of high profile hacks that have taken place. These have resulted in millions of people’s account information being compromised.
5 Tips to Keeping your Password Safe
- Don’t write it down
- Devise a password creating system e.g. use a mixture of old phone numbers, area codes and postal address. Mix them up and swap some letters for numbers or symbols.
- Don’t send your password via e-mail or give it out over the phone. If you are in a situation where you have to give someone else your password, e.g. internal IT support, change it immediately afterwards.
- Don’t use AutoComplete for user names and passwords. Using this feature will save you time, but it will also enable anyone else that uses your PC to access these secure sites.
- Make changing your password a habit. Even if you have not shared it with anyone and you don’t believe that it has been compromised, it is a good idea to automatically change it regularly e.g. every pay day, the first of every month, etc.
If you are a business owner or an IT administrator concerned about the security of your IT networks, our two-factor authentication solution could be exactly what you need. It is suited to situations where passwords don't offer enough security and it is proven to prevent unauthorised access to critical data and applications.