18 Apr Working from Home Password Considerations
In Australia we are all adjusting to working remotely, and now more than ever cyber security has become very important.
There’s so much information being thrown at us we wanted to start with some simple advise on passwords.
We no longer have the additional layer of security our networks offer us, so we need to protect ourselves in this new environment. Hackers will take advantage at this time,and you will have potentially confidential client information on your home devices.
Its not uncommon for users to leave their passwords as the same password they received the day they started.
We all hate passwords, hate resetting them and fall into the trap of setting the same password across multiple platforms. If any of these platforms are breached, all of our applications are at risk.
We hate the IT guy that makes us reset passwords every 30 days. We have been told to make then stronger: use upper and lower cases. Numbers. Symbols. Don’t use sentences, don’t use words, etc.
So you end up with a password like Thi5i5myp@$$w0rd2020, and after the first time using it you have forgotten it.
Our recommendation is to use a passphrase: a random collection of common words. Like “Green marshmallows swim gracefully nextdoor “. This is a far stronger password and harder for hackers to crack.
Tips on How to choose a safe password:
- Use a mix of letters, numbers and symbols
- Use as many characters as you can – a longer password is harder to decipher
- Avoid anything that can be easily guessed such as your address or birthday, or common quotes and phrases
- Consider a passphrase: Similar to a password, but instead of creating a string of letters, numbers and symbols, use words that tell a story. For example: MyPetC@tHa$@PhD. It tells a silly story that’s easy to remember, while increasing the unpredictability of your password and making it difficult to guess.
Simple Password security Tips
- Don’t share your passwords with anyone
- Don’t write your passwords down anywhere
- Don’t answer social media quizzes revealing your personal information, hackers trawl through this
- Make them unique – reusing a password multiple times makes it less secure, as it only requires one breach to compromise all the accounts with the same password
- If you have many accounts, setting alphanumeric passwords for each can become a difficult exercise for your memory. In this instance, you may want to consider using passphrases instead
- Wherever available, enable two-factor authentication, which adds an additional check to prove your identity – an example might be a code you receive via your mobile device
- Don’t Store bank information in a Password Locker
So Go and change that simple Password now and be responsible and protect your data.
Contact email@example.com if you need any further information or assistance.