Cybercriminals are always on the lookout for the most efficient means into your systems and this is usually through people. The fact that a password can be the main block between your business' confidential data and prying eyes, is why it's vital to make sure you are implementing these key password safety tips for all of your staff:
- Don’t use the same password across multiple logins and certainly don’t use business details for personal applications. If you do, if cybercriminal breaches say a Facebook account, if you are using the same password for everything, they can just walk into your business application. Make sure staff aren’t doing this too!
- Create a strong, complex password: use a combination of at least twelve letters, numbers and symbols. Do not use personal information/ dates and do not just put an exclamation mark at the end of your current password thinking that’s changed it!
- Make sure you have MFA enforced on accounts wherever possible. BUT don’t think this is unbreakable. Make sure you monitor your business systems for any breaches.
- Don’t remember your passwords in browsers. It is really easy to get this information – within 10 seconds if your account is breached, or you are on a shared PC.
- Use a password manager that has been recommended by your IT support provider, if you need to.
- Never trust emails prompting you to reset your password. You will never get an unprompted password reset or account validation email.
It won't take too long to make these changes, but it will definitely make sure your business is much better protected.