Password Policies Matter

Is your business vulnerable?

In the modern internet age, the number of software and web services we utilize has grown exponentially. We maintain multiple email accounts and computer logons, shop online at a multitude of stores, and live our lives plugged in and always on. Of course, with this trend comes a staggering amount of usernames and passwords. Trusted providers do all that is within their power to protect your identity and keep your information safe, however there is still a large amount of responsibility on the part of the individual to ensure private, personal information remains so.

Businesses have a higher security risk because many individuals share information and systems. Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, corporate security is only as secure as its weakest point – and this point tends to be passwords and password management.

Password security facts

Methods of compromising passwords have grown increasingly efficient, and well known habits and trends allow malicious software or people to uncover your password. A few of these common facts can be used in algorithms to greatly reduce the amount of time required to crack a password.

  • Numbers that are used in passwords are usually the numbers ‘1’ or ‘2’ and are placed at the end of the password
  • Women frequently use personal names for passwords
  • Men frequently use their hobbies for passwords

Password Do’s

In order to increase your password security, follow a few of these recommendations when creating new passwords.

  • Use substitutions like the number zero for the letter ‘O’ or ‘3’ for the letter ‘E’
  • Make an acronym from a phrase: IwtT$4M (Remember as “I Went To The Store For Milk”)
  • If you’re having trouble coming up with a strong password, use a free and trusted password generator

Password Don’ts

Avoid these common mistakes when creating and maintaining passwords.

  • Don’t use the same passwords for multiple accounts
  • Don’t use a password with personal information, such as birthday or name
  • Don’t reuse the same password for at least a year

Security is LAN Solutions’ number one priority. Industry best practices and consistently evolving processes and procedures are necessary to ensure that both personal, and corporate information is safe and secure.

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