Why are Secure Passwords Important?

Up Your Password SecurityPasswords are the cornerstone of online security.  It has been since the adoption of the personal computer, Internet and email.  Anything and everything that you want to accomplish online or with applications requires a password.

Herein lies the problem, we now have too many to keep up with!  Naturally, we do what we know best, we use the same passwords (maybe it’s 1 or maybe’s it’s 5, but we still use the same ones).

This makes it too easy for hackers to figure out passwords.  Once they identify one, for instance your email, they can easily get into all of your online accounts and applications.

Everyone must make it their personal mission to secure their data at work and home.

The best way to accomplish this, use a different, strong password for all your accounts and applications.  

Mind Blowing Stats:

It only takes 10 minutes to gain access to a 6-character, lowercase password.

Over 50% of people

  • rely on their memory for their passwords
  • use the same passwords for both work and personal accounts.
  • have already been scammed in phishing attacks but have not updated their passwords
  • believe it is the businesses responsibility for providing account security
  • share their work passwords with co-workers
  • do not use MFA at home or work
  • have been compromised and still have not changed how they manage passwords

Over 70% of people have online accounts (banking, shopping, etc.) that are protected by one password

Over 90% of people are worried about getting their passwords hacked.

And finally, the password “123456” is still used by 23 million account holders.

Reference:  https://dataprot.net/statistics/password-statistics/

Helpful Tips:

  1. What is a strong password?  It is recommended that your password be at least 10-12 digits long, that it includes capital letters, at least 1 number, and a punctuation character.   Learn More
  2. It is best to turn a phrase or association of words into secure password that you will easily remember.
  3. Use an application to help you manage your passwords. 
  4. Use multi-factor authentication (MFA).  You can easily set this up and use text, an MFA app or fingerprint authentication.  
    1. Depending on your device, fingerprint authentication is highly recommended, it’s easy and built into the app/device for you.  You have to put your password in initially to set it up but daily use will not require you to enter/remember it.

Our team is here to help you update your password or set up MFA.  Contact our IT team today!  Be the first line of defense with GOOD Passwords!