Effective Password Security

Effective Password Security

Effective Password Security

How should you password protect your network effectively?

There are a few schools of thought here from changing your password regularly and enforcing password complexity on your network. The purpose of this article is not to do a deep dive on this topic, but to raise awareness and to urge individuals and businesses to start taking computing security seriously.

Cyber Crime is on the rise globally (http://www.scoop.co.nz/) and businesses must be proactive in protecting themselves against these threats. These days a strong password policy is part of your front line of defense in keeping your data confidential and safe.

I like to think that passwords these days are more like passphrases than passwords. Not only the complexity, but the actual password length plays a big part in coming up with a secure password.

If the passwords on your network have not changed in a while, we recommend that ‘now’ is a good time to change them and enforce password complexity rules.

Here are a few quick tips to think about when changing your password and some handy links with more info on the subject:

  1. Try using a passphrase (http://au.pcmag.com/)
  2. Use a unique strong password for different sites (https://askleo.com/)
  3. Think about using a password manager (http://www.howtogeek.com/)

There is no golden rule for effective password security, but what we can tell you is until biometric security for personal and small business computing becomes the norm, you’d better have a good secure password management strategy in place.

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