Since 2013, the first Thursday of May each year marks World Password Day, promoting better password habits to stay safe online. With so many people working at home due to the ongoing pandemic, often without the IT support and protection provided when in the office, cybersecurity is more important than ever and the basis of great cybersecurity is using strong passwords.
To help small to medium-sized businesses, and the general public alike, keep their information and data secure this World Password Day, and throughout 2021, Totality Services has shared their top password tips and tricks.
- Avoid common phrases, techniques, or keyboard paths, such as 1234567, password or qwerty
- Never include any company-related words and other guessable words such as pet names, hobbies, or supported sports teams
- Avoid using whole words such as dictionary words, names of famous people, relatives, date of birth or pet names as hackers use programs that perform a dictionary attack. So, if a word is in the dictionary or on your social media profile then you shouldn't use it - more targeted attack might check things like pet names, relatives, and birthdays first
- Remember that the more characters you use, the more secure your password is
- Include a variety of characters, from at least one lowercase letter and one uppercase letter to a number and four symbols (but NOT the symbols &%#@_
- Never use a password in more than one place
- Ensure passwords are changed at least once a year, ideally every quarter
- Use a password manager which will help you and your team to create, store and share passwords
Luis Navarro, Co-Founder of London’s leading IT support experts Totality Services said, “at Totality, we appreciate passwords are the bane of modern life! But we can’t stress how important they are to keep both your personal and business data secure. Creating strong, easy to remember but hard to crack versions can seem a challenge. However, it’s easier than you think. You don’t need a random jumble of numbers, letters, and symbols to keep the cybercriminals at bay. Hopefully, these easy to digest and implement tips can help us stay safe online, not just this World Password Day, but for the foreseeable future.”