A strong password is the first and one of the most important lines of defence against unauthorised access to your business’s data. Followed by Multi Factor Authentication in a strong second place!
Randomly generated passwords tend to be very strong, as they’re long and full of random characters. But I bet you would struggle to remember them.
However that’s why sometimes staff don’t like them. Or worse, they keep an unprotected digital copy of their passwords… which defeats the point of having them (we’ve also seen the sticky note on someone’s monitor with their password written on it).
We’ve now got a password checker on our website. Why not get your team to test their passwords and see how strong they are?
There are two easy ways to get around remembering strong password combinations.
The first is to set a password that is made up of maybe two or three memorable names and a date associated with them, such as the street name you grew up on and the house number, the model name of the car you can first remember your parents having with some of the numbers from the registration plate and the surname of your favorite teacher at primary school followed by the years you were there: WinchfordAvenue32Sierra91Jones89 –
This is not a password I use by the way, just an example! That password would take 7 Duodecillion (7 with 39 trailing zeros) years to crack, yet it’s easy to remember.
The second way to help remember strong passwords is to use a password manager.
These store, manage and generate passwords for the sites and services you use.
All the passwords are safely stored in an encrypted vault.
The only password you then need is the one to access the password manager – but that password really does need to be secure, or it would be very easy for a hacker to access all of your passwords. Enabling multifactor authentication will help to reduce the risk of this.
We can help get your business set up with a great password manager. Book a call with Louise from her calendar below to get started.