Coined by Intel in 2013, World Password Day falls on the first Thursday of May every year and was created to promote good password management strategies for you and your organisation.
In this short blog, we’ll look at some of the steps you can take to help secure your organisation from cyber criminals.
In previous blog posts we’ve touched upon the growing number of cyber attacks to have taken place in the last 12 months, with that trend showing no sign of slowing down. Whilst a strong password is by no means a sure-fire way to stay out of a cyber criminal’s crosshairs, it can offer a lot more protection than using something as generic as ‘Password1!’.
The other worrying trend, as revealed by LastPass, shows that whilst 92% of us in the UK know that using the same or a variation of the same password is a risk, 50% of us continue to do it regardless.
A quick Google search for ‘data breach’ or ‘cyber attack’ offers some insight into the sheer volume and frequency these are now taking place, with just one breach having the potential to offer an easy backdoor into your online banking, social media or email accounts.
Jonah Stein, co-founder of UNS Project – a password-free login tool – once said that ‘Passwords are a 60-year-old solution built on a 5,000-year-old idea’, and he’s not wrong. Unlocking your smartphone can now be done with biometric data, whilst some banks offer a security key for online transactions.
Options such as these are much harder for a cyber criminal to crack, or imitate, as opposed to getting into your email account and it’s not a radical thought that these practices may become the norm in the not-so-distant future. However, for the time being, passwords are still widely used and we should ensure we’re doing all we can to make them as secure as possible.
So, until we are in a ‘passwordless’ society, we’ve put together a few steps you should aim to follow to give yourself the best defences possible:
Sadly, it’s no longer uncommon for your credentials to have leaked online in some capacity or data breach. Sites such as ‘haveibeenpwned’ can search the Dark Web for your details and offer peace of mind on an induvial level. At a company level, it is somewhat harder to check, although we touched on how you can go about finding the answer to this in a blog post recently.
A password is, in many cases, just a string of characters, numbers and symbols that keeps people out of our personal and professional accounts. Some of us may be better than others when it comes to following best practices, however, we can all continue to do better.
The steps we outlined are by no means a definitive guide to password best practices, but they offer a good base to build up from. If you would like to hear more, we run monthly cyber security sessions, check the Events Page of our website, or head to our Eventbrite profile for more information.
Additionally, get in touch with our team and we’ll be more than happy to help.
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