Using a strong password is one step into securing your online identity. Recently when updating a client’s website, I discovered weak passwords were being used in the organization between all email accounts and hosting accounts. The weak passwords for logins had stayed the same for years because they have never had information leaked, or unwanted access.
This is a dangerous position to be in. Many companies are dealing with internet security as a “back burner” issue and not proactively taking steps to safeguard information for both employees and customers.
(See: Equifax Hack, Panera Bread Hack, Playstation Hack, etc)
A few simple steps below can help safeguard your information and protect your organization/business:
Strong Passwords & Regular Changes
Using a strong password is key to preventing unwanted access. A strong password consists of at least six characters (and the more characters, the stronger the password) that are a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (@, #, $, %, etc.) if allowed. Passwords are typically case-sensitive, so a strong password contains letters in both uppercase and lowercase.
Additionally, you should change your password on a regular basis. Avoid using common names (family members, animal names, spouse names, etc) and keep your password to yourself.
You may be thinking; how will I remember my strong password? Well, you don’t need too. Many password managers exist to help you store this information securely. Firefox & Chrome both have built in password managers that will save passwords for your favorite websites. When you visit these websites, they can automatically log you in.
Lastpass is another great product. Lastpass works similar to the Chrome & Firefox built in password managers but can be used across all devices (phones, tablets). It also allows you to set a Master password to safeguard your “vault”.
Two Factor Authentication
Using a strong password isn’t always good enough. Your email for example can be a “gateway” to several services. If a potential unwanted party can access your email, they can reset the password to your business account, and other networks. This creates a potential tunnel problem and allows a single point of entry for multiple websites.
Two Factor Authentication can remove this worry. Two Factor Authentication works by requiring you to enter a time sensitive code to enter your account after successfully entering the correct password. This system exists with most major email services, and Lastpass also provides this for your Master Password.
For example, using a password manager, strong password and Two Factor Authentication gives you three main points of security against unwanted access.
As internet usage grows, the threat against business accounts will grow as well. Protect your business and personal information by taking some simple steps to protect your accounts.
Do you think you have been hacked? Check out this handy website where you can enter your email and see if your email address was included in large scale hacks.