Five Ways to Protect Your Password

Earlier this week, a file containing over 8 billion compromised passwords was leaked to a popular online hacker forum. Comprised of data harvested from dozens of security breaches, the file and its release amount to the single largest password leak ever. Learn how to protect your accounts with these best practices of password security.

1. Change your passwords every three months

Changing your password on a regular basis is one of the best ways to protect your accounts. Take this opportunity to change all of your passwords—at work and at home.

2. Don’t use the same login for more than one account 

Hackers who find a working password will try to use those credentials anywhere they think you might have an account. Using the same password across multiple accounts can leave you especially vulnerable.

3. Avoid passwords that might be easy to guess

Stay away from passwords that include pet names, birthdays, and other personal information that may be accessible on your social media profiles.

4. Enable multi-factor authentication wherever possible 

Multi-factor authentication adds another layer of security to the login process, making it much harder for cyber criminals to gain access to your accounts.

5. Maintain separation between work and home

When it comes to technology, it’s a good idea to keep work and home separate. Don’t login to your work accounts from a personal computer, and vice versa. By the same token, only use your work email for work-related business.

If you have any questions about your organization’s IT security preparedness, contact our team of experienced consultants today.

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