Today is World Password Day

 

World Password Day was created by Intel to warn people to protect online accounts by adding a layer to passwords. A password is no longer enough to secure online accounts since cyber thieves can use stolen usernames and passwords to commit identity theft. Multi-factor authentication, such as a one time code sent to your mobile phone, provides extra security beyond your password to make it tougher to hack your accounts.

Your business uses a variety of online accounts, such as email, banking, websites, e-commerce, and social media. As a result, workers are responsible for using passwords for dozens of websites. Some these sites require you to use a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. On top of that, the sites will lock you out of your account if you make too many incorrect guesses. 

Remembering separate accounts for each account is too inconvenient and frustrating for many users. Therefore, numerous people use the same easy password across multiple accounts. However, this habit is similar to leaving your office door unlocked at night. Cybercriminals can steal passwords easily and get unauthorized access to your accounts. Then, they can rob your financial accounts, carry out identity theft activities, and leak private information. 

 

You can protect your online accounts by:

• Using multi-factor authentication. Some examples include:

○ Single-use codes sent to your phone or email

○ Biometric scanning of your face or fingerprints

○ USB authentication keys you insert into your computer, such as the YubiKey

• Storing login credentials in a password manager, such as Dashlane or LastPass. These types of programs use an encrypted cloud vault that can only be accessed by a master password. The programs usually have a browser extension that can capture your password and offer to save it into their system. 

• Not storing passwords in plain text in a Word document, written down on a notebook, or stuck onto your monitor with a Post-It. 

• Changing your passwords immediately if they are on Splash Data's worst passwords list: https://www.teamsid.com/worst-passwords-2017-full-list/. These include "123456," "password," "querty," and "letmein." 

• Updating your passwords so they are hard to crack. Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier recommends taking a sentence and turning it into a password. For example, for the sentence "Stop using bad passwords," it can be [email protected]$!. However, don't include your name, birth year, and pet name, since this information can be found easily on your Facebook page. 

• Not reusing the same password across different services. If a hacker guesses a password to one site correctly, they'll start using it access other services. 

• Making sure strong password practices are included in your policies and procedures. Employees should be trained on proper password practices and informed of the consequences if your policies are not followed. 

• Password protecting computers, laptops, and smartphones. Change those passwords every three months. 

• Using security questions only you would know. Not your sibling's birthday, first car make and model, nor your elementary school name. 

• Shutting down former employee accounts in a timely manner

• Keeping operating systems, applications, browsers, and plugins up to date.



If you're unfamiliar with how often you are updating your passwords, you should contact us to perform a security assessment to address this issue and others. You can reach SwiftTech Solutions at 877-794-3811 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

SOURCES
World Password Day. Retrieved from: https://www.passwordday.org/
Battle, L. Creating Strong Passwords on World Password Day. (2017, May 4). Retrieved from: https://www.webroot.com/blog/2017/05/04/strong-passwords-world-password-day/
Telesign. How to step up your password game on "World Password Day. Retrieved from: https://www.telesign.com/blog/post/how-to-step-up-your-password-game-on-world-password-day/
Adler, J. It’s National Password Day. (2018, March 15). Retrieved from: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/03/its-national-password-day
Information Security Buzz. 123456 Reasons To Care It's World Password Day. (2017, May 4). Retrieved from: https://www.informationsecuritybuzz.com/articles/123456-reasons-care-world-password-day/

 

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