5 reasons you should be using a password manager

5 reasons you should be using a password manager

Most of the time we find ourselves saying things like, one size doesn’t fit all because every business is unique, but in this instance, a password manager is a tool everyone should be using and here are five reasons why.

#1 Every account you have needs a unique password

 That’s right. This might sound like a slightly terrifying concept because when taking into consideration both business, and personal use you could be looking at a number in the hundreds for how many accounts you have that require login information, but having a unique password for each and every one is important.

 Even if you use a relatively strong password, if say, your password is leaked in a data breach at a clothing company, hackers could try your login credentials for that in order to get into your email – where they’ll not only have access to read your emails, they’ll also be able to reset passwords for other things.

 By storing your passwords in a password manager you can be safe in the knowledge that they’re secure, and you don’t need to stress about remembering them all.

#2 Generate passwords at random

 Password managers have a feature that allows you to generate a strong password, using symbols, random letters and numbers, and capitals and lower case. Because you don’t have to remember them off the top of your head, you can use the generator’s suggestions and know that if you don’t even know the password off the top of your head, a hacker is highly unlikely to have success at guessing it either.

#3 You only need to remember one password for everything

‘What? But you said everything should have a different password, make your mind up!’

It’s true, we did say that. But password managers work by saving your passwords for each account so you only need to log in to the password manager to gain access to your accounts. Just one password to remember, but you’re no less secure – result!

#4 Sync across all of your devices

Most password managers also have an app, so you can sync your passwords across your devices so won’t find yourself stuck trying to log in to your emails from your phone and having to manually type in a really long, complicated password. This is such a time saver!

#5 It’s not just passwords

And finally, you don’t just have to use them for passwords. You can also save information like answers to your security questions, or important backup codes for multi-factor authentication.

 

If you’d like to learn more about password managers and how they can improve the cyber security of your business, give us a call on  01732 617788 or drop us an email to [email protected]. We can chat about what you need, and how you might get the best out of it for your business. Got a jam-packed schedule? Book an appointment with Jon Cross here. Password managers are a really great tool, and we think everyone should be using one!

Beef up your password security with multi-factor authentication

Beef up your password security with multi-factor authentication

What is multi-factor authentication (MFA)?

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.