According to the 2013 Trustwave Global Security report, half of passwords fail to meet security standards. “Password1” is still the most common word used by businesses.
Passwords are the first line of defence, yet individuals still don’t seem to appreciate how important they are for protecting their information and money. Businesses must be made aware of the potential consequences of compromised password security.
If passwords need to be written down, keep them in a safe place, out of sight and away from computers. Enhance your password security by setting your password recovery options, such as alternative email addresses, security questions and phone numbers, and keeping them up to date.
For a good password the following tips will help:
Length – Make your passwords long with eight or more characters.
Complexity – Include letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers. Use the entire keyboard, not just the letters and characters you use or see most often. The greater the variety of characters in your password, the better.
Modification – To keep strong passwords effective, change them often.
Variety – Don’t use the same password for everything, it is the equivalent of using the same key for your office, car and home. Cybercriminals steal passwords from websites that have very little security. They can then try that same password and user name on various other websites.
An easy way to remember a complicated password, is to make a password from a sentence which has meaning. For example;
‘I drive a 1978 Volkswagen’ = IDA78VW
‘Complex passwords are safer’ = CompleKSpasswordsRsafer2013