Ten Tips when deciding a Password

According to Verizon’s Data Breach Report, weak or stolen passwords account for 81% of hacking related security breaches. Here are 10 tips when selecting a password:

  1. Do not reuse passwords. A password used on a mobile banking application should never be used on any other account. Just to be safe, create a password for every service you have!
  2. Always use multi-factor authentication. Have some method of login verification. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is defined as a security mechanism that requires an individual to provide two or more credentials to confirm their identity.
  3. The longer the password the better. Use a good mix of letters, numbers, and characters. Test your password strength on https://password.kaspersky.com/. Don’t use common dictionary words in your password. The password of “Password1” does not pass the test. Try it. It would take someone approximately 4 minutes to crack that password.
  4. Change those company passwords. If an employee leaves your company or organization, take appropriate measures to secure ALL company accounts.
  5. Never use personal information in passwords. Forgo using the names of your cats, dogs or fish. No kids’ names or street addresses either. Avoid all personal information.
  6. Use passwords that are complex. Test this password on Kaspersky: 1We7&a%JD*#H. It says that this password does not appear in any databases of leaked passwords. So, if you keep it safe, this password passes the test.
  7. Monitor and audit your passwords. change those strong passwords every six months or so.
  8. Be aware of your surroundings when typing in your password. Be cautious of what you are
    inputting and accessing on a public network.
  9. Don’t share your password with anyone.
  10. Use a password manager and keep separate accounts for personal and work. Some examples of password managers are:
    a. 1Password
    b. LastPass
    c. Keeper
    d. Dashlane
    e. KeePass

Also, 52% of streaming video customers share their site password. Don’t do it! Sharing is not caring and is downright risky! Lastly, the companies you deal with on a regular basis will never ask you for your password over the phone, nor will they ask for your bank information. So, be aware of those trying to trick you into giving them information – they are not your friends, they are hackers.

If this article inspires you to secure those passwords and protect your identity, I’ve done my job.

Written by Blog Contributor: Holly Lynn Gibbons.