September 3, 2019
The easiest way to protect yourself, and The Leaders Group, from cyber threats is by having a strong password. It’s simple – the longer and more complex your password, the more difficult it is to crack. Shorter and simpler passwords take less time and resources for hackers to compromise.
Examples of a Bad Password
Hackers have created databases of the most common words, phrases, and number combinations that they can run your password through to find a match. The following are some common password themes that you should avoid:
- Phone numbers
- Sports teams
- TLG information
- Simple obfuscation of a common word (“P@$$w0rd”)
What Makes a Good Password?
To start, your password should be at least 8 characters long, with at least one capital letter, one number, and one special character (“@”, or “&”, etc.). As an added layer of security, change your passwords on a regular basis to ensure that you stay ahead of the hackers and this should be done at least every 90 days. And, whenever possible, you should use multi-factor authentication.
Remember, the best passwords contain as much unpredictability as possible – using unlikely combinations and random characters is a great strategy. Be creative!
It’s important to remember that you should not use the same password for multiple accounts – no matter how strong it is – because if one account gets compromised, then they’re all compromised.
Thanks again for helping to keep our network, people and clients safe from these cyber threats. For any questions, please contact Daylan Simkavitz, Systems Administrator Ext. 111 firstname.lastname@example.org.