It’s true that when it comes to IT security, a lot of variables are simply out of your hands. There is one crucial thing that you can control, though – your passwords.
We know! It sounds trivial – with cybercriminals growing increasingly clever and more complex, many people seem to think that password protection isn’t important. That’s simply not true. An effective password lowers your odds of becoming a target for data hacking and even identity theft.
SplashData released a list of the worst commonly used passwords. They include:
Other entries on the list include: login, monkey, 111111, dragon, baseball, and football.
So what can you do to ensure that your passwords provide the best defense possible against any possible intruders? A few easy steps:
- Keep your passwords complex, utilizing multiple letters and numbers. Don’t rely on birthdays, pet names, sports, or anything that could be easily guessed.
- Constantly changing your passwords is an ideal added layer of protection.
- Don’t use the same password for multiple devices or accounts. If a hacker is able to break one password, they’ll quickly be able to do the same for any other accounts using that code.
- Look into more complex methods of protection such as duel-factor authentication or fingerprint / facial recognition, where possible.
Don’t let security concerns overwhelm you – reach out to NetOne Technologies to speak with our IT experts about the most effective tools and solutions to keep your sensitive data safe. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (561) 432-7823 to start the conversation.