Do your managers ever become employee of the month?
This one will.
Which manager? It’s your password manager.
Because using a password manager is the best way to keep your passwords safe and strong. Without you having to remember anything.
Better still, it ensures that none of your passwords are the same. And that no one will be able to guess them, because they’re genuinely random (strings of characters that make no sense at all).
We’ve helped loads of our clients to implement password managers in the last couple of years. Not only does it add that extra level of cyber security, but it also makes it easy to lock out former staff when they leave.
Shall we talk about getting this implemented for you and your team?
With a large portion of the UK workforce still working from home, security best practices have undoubtedly been relaxed and with that in mind, it’s even more important to have good password hygiene in order to protect your business from threats.
So, what kind of password storer are you?
Write all passwords in the same place
Have the same password for everything
Create weak passwords all in lowercase
Disguising your passwords as phone numbers
Write them on little scraps of paper you always seem to lose
If any of the above apply to you, you’re potentially compromising the security of your business in a massive way.
It’s understandable though. According to recent research from Nordpass, the average person has around 100 passwords they need to remember. But with the best practice when it comes to password creation being to randomly generate a string of letters, numbers and symbols for each application or piece of software you use both personally and at work, how on earth Is anyone meant to remember them all?
There is a secure solution to help you keep your password security tip top without you having to hammer the ‘forgot password’ button.
Watch our password manager video to discover how they work, and how using one will benefit you.
Multi-factor authentication, sometimes referred to as two-step authentication, is a way of adding one or more extra steps to any login process, in addition to your password in order to increase security.
This can take quite a few different forms, the most common is probably in the form of a code, either being sent to a separate device, your email address, or generated by an app. But other types of MFA can include: facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, phone authentication, or even security questions.
Why would I want to make it harder for myself to log in?
The reality is that the extra few seconds it takes for you to input a code after your password could be the difference between a cyber criminal gaining access to one of your accounts, and your account remaining secure.
Despite our best efforts discussing good practice when it comes to password security, a distressing number of people still use the same password for many things. That means if there was a hack on a particular website or service and your email and password for that becomes leaked online, cyber criminals are likely to try the same email and password combination on other websites such as Amazon or eBay, and it could even give them access to your email. If they have access to your email, they’ll not only be able to read any sensitive information you may have in your inbox, they’ll also have the means to ‘request a new password’ for other accounts that you log in to using your email.
This is hugely important on a personal basis, but perhaps even more important for businesses where you’re not only responsible for protecting your own business data, but any data you hold on your customers. In the event of a data breach, you can be liable for fines if it’s found you weren’t following recommended security practices.
In conclusion, it might take an extra few seconds to sign in to things, but it’s more than worth it for the peace of mind!
If you’d like us to take a look at your data security setup and look at implementing multi-factor authentication, give us a call on 01732 617788 or drop us an email to [email protected]. Your security is our priority.
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