Chances are good that your managed service provider or IT department has already given you some rules about passwords. They may have even set up rules on your hardware and software to help ensure you create a strong password. But, what really makes for a good hack resistant password? Here are some do’s and don’ts.
- Make sure your password is at least 8 characters long. However, longer is better.
- Keep it memorable – see Don’t #1
- Include four elements – uppercase, lowercase, number and symbol whenever the software allows for all four.
- Think in abbreviated phrases. For example the sentence; My first dog was Dozen and my rabbit is Dr. Pepper can convert into M1dw12&mriDP. Seems random to anyone else but you can remember it without it being easily hacked.
- Write it down, if it’s in writing on your desk, you’re vulnerable.
- Use sequences such as 1234 or even qwerty, those are easier for hackers.
- Think about actual words that are in the dictionary, there is software that hackers use that tries dictionary words, even obscure ones.
- Reuse the same password on every program.
I Can’t Remember All That
True. It’s hard to remember multiple passwords which is why many businesses either use multifactor identification or a password storage tool. Examples of multifactor identification include:
- Entering a preset PIN number
- Entering a code sent to you via text or email
- Utilizing a token/key or smartcard during login
- Fingerprint identification
- Facial identification
The term 4FA means the four means of multifactor authentication which can be broadly classified as something you know, have, who you are and where you are. Password storage tools like LastPass and Dashlane can be helpful, however, can also be hacked, especially without proper passwords securing those.
Does Your Business Need Help with IT or Software Management?
Toucan Technology Group can help. We offer many services that can help your business’s online security including implementing rules and regulations for a strong password, software management, network backup and security and more. No longer is it safe to assume that your business is safe just because you’re a small business. If you don’t have an IT staff or managed service provider helping your business’s cyber security, call Toucan Technology Group for a free consultation today at (317) 376-4874 or fill out our contact form.