Password Advisory

Passwords – Don’t Help The Hackers.

Your business is under constant attack from criminals that are seeking to compromise your business systems and hold you to ransom, divert money from you and your suppliers or use your credentials to purchase high value goods that they receive, and you pay for. Sometimes they want to hi-jack your systems to commit larger crimes and cover their tracks.

Deploying technology such as firewalls, mail filters and web checkers will contribute to making you safe, but any action you take can be worthless if you have a poor password policy.

Using simple passwords such as ‘qwerty123’ or ‘letmein’ is a gift to hackers, as it will only take them seconds to crack and begin to wreak havoc. Using passwords that contain publicly available data about yourself, such as your surname and birth date are also easy to guess by criminals.

The best passwords are of a random nature, are changed frequently and contain unusual characters making them complex and difficult to break. If it’s difficult enough the criminals will try, give up and move on to the next opportunity. Don’t make a gift to the criminals by having a weak password!

Explore the tiles here for advice about how to make passwords secure.

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Password policies are important for any business, as the policies outline the password conditions and what time frames in which they expire.

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Passwords should be at least 8 characters in length, be random (not linked to your birthday, pets name etc.), contain at least 1 number and at least 1 symbol (!,”,£,$,% etc.).

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