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Password Security

Every day, we read stories about the latest business to suffer from a cyber attack. Businesses install quality security software and password protected servers to guard against cyber threats. However, the weakest link in your IT security could be your employees and the strength of the passwords they use to log in to your systems.

A huge problem for businesses is that people use passwords that they easily remember such as, password123 (one of the most commonly used passwords). More sophisticated security means users often have to include special characters so perhaps they are now using p@assword123. This isn’t going to do much to secure your IT systems.

One easy way to create a stronger password is by thinking of a sentence that has meaning to you, then use the first letter of each word, add numbers that are significant to you and add a special character. For example, ‘I am reading an article on the Stopfords website’, could be the sentence and the password would be: Iaraaotsw32!. Substitute some letters for numbers for added strength, e.g substitute a s for a 2.  

Many firms will provide IT security training to their staff, encouraging the use of more complex passwords. That is good unless the team members start writing their passwords down and leaving them on their desk.

You can encourage people to use complex more secure passwords that they can easily remember by using a password manger and generator.

A password manager and generator is a piece of software that generates secure passwords for all relevant accounts and stores them all securely either on their server, on a USB drive or locally on your PC. The software will encrypt and story password information so you only have to remember one password for the password manager itself.

Password manager and generator services are available online from the likes of LastPass, Dashlane or KeePass password safe. Larger businesses might want to use an enterprise level system such as Sticky Password from AVG. Perhaps this is the way forward for password security until fingerprint scanning or facial recognition become mainstream options for businesses.

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