Have you ever complained about strict password requirement? Thinking up the right combination of words, numbers, special characters and capitalization can be annoying.
However, it’s not a process meant to harm you. It’s actually very necessary.
A perfect password protects your accounts from unauthorized access and makes it nearly impossible to use a brute force approach to guess it.
Here’s what it takes to make a one.
The Characteristics of a Perfect Password
The advice for creating a perfect password has changed over the years as hackers gain access to more powerful tools for cracking this information. A password with upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters (such as exclamation points) is a good starting base for a perfect password.
You can create an even better password when you use multiple random words as a phrase. Instead of one or two words that have numbers and characters spread throughout them, you can have four or five unrelated words that make it more difficult for a hacker to figure out.
Generally speaking, the longer the password, the harder it is to crack.
Password Best Practices
Each individual login needs a distinct password. Yes, it’s easier to remember a password that you use on multiple sites – but all it takes is one breach to compromise numerous accounts. You also need to be vigilant about avoiding malware that could learn your password while you type it. These typing trackers (known as “keyloggers”) often get installed through phishing emails.
Remember to change your passwords on a regular basis, especially if you get a notification about a data breach with one of your accounts. When you use different passwords for each login, you only have to swap one out.
Why a Strong Password is Important
Data breaches are an unfortunately common event these days. Several high profile data breaches, such as the one at Equifax, make it easier for cybercriminals to access your passwords since they have access to back-end databases that store them.
When a cybercriminal accesses your account, they could do anything ranging from cutting you out of your account to making fraudulent purchases in your name. Depending on the severity of the breach, you could even face long-lasting repercussions (especially in the case of a stolen social security number or other sensitive information of that caliber).
Methods for Remembering Complicated Passwords
Anyone can set up a password that’s hard to remember. It’s the remembering part of it that’s hard. Luckily, there’s an easy way to handle this part of the process – use a password manager, which is a secure application that generates randomized passwords for you and keeps track of them so you don’t have to.
Security First with IPRO
All businesses should focus on their security as a chief concern. Password protection is a valuable tool to ensure that your end users (mainly, your staff) are protected against the common, easy-to-stop threats.
But what about the bigger stuff?
Well, that’s where we come in. We help organizations of all sizes defend their data against cyberthreats while improving their security posture. For more information on what IPRO can do for you, click here.