How to Strengthen Your Passwords


During the current pandemic, being online is more important than ever and for businesses, using the support of managed IT security is more important than ever before. The world is adapting to less face time interaction and more FaceTime with Facebook, which means IT security needs are at an all time high.

The only problem is that we are becoming more complacent online, which leads to vulnerabilities in our password use. As a business, your staff may be working from home right now – which means that password strength is vital. 

The habits that you use in your business with regard to your password could make or break your business, and you want to make more than break right now! Your password habits could be leaving you more vulnerable than ever before. 

Frequent Changes

Any managed IT security company of yours will be changing your network passwords every few months to ensure that your data stays secure. Did you know that only 18.5% of users change their passwords – but only if there are security issues. 70% of users change passwords once a year, but this still isn’t sufficient enough.

Impersonal Information

Passwords should never be made up of personal information, particularly in a business setting. Strong passwords are a mix of numbers, letters and symbols, and they shouldn’t have any personal reference to the person using the password. 

Weak passwords are easier to take down, and the more of these you have, the easier they are to guess. Personal data is going to leave your business vulnerable, and it’s easy to hack a business with personal information, which can then lead to personal social media and emails also being hacked.

Multi-Factor Authentication

Having more than one lock on your data isn’t just smart, it’s a necessity. Think about it: banks want personal information, passwords, and more to know it’s definitely you, so whether you use more than one password or you add a specific code that gets sent to your device when you need to log in, or even facial recognition, multi-factor authentication is the way to go.

A Short List

You need to only trust a short list of people with the passwords for different elements of your business. Trusting too many and you will risk your passwords getting into the wrong hands. The more people know your passwords to your data, the weaker that password security is. Make sure that you only give passwords to a select list of individuals.