Password Basics

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written by rob bruce posted on August 2, 2020

Staying Safe

You can have all the locks on your data center and have all the network security available, but nothing will keep your data safe if your employees are sloppy with passwords.

There are many ways data can be breached, and opening some link they shouldn’t is one of the most serious security sins employees can commit, but today we’ll just talk about passwords.

Here are some basic practices that you should require your employees to follow. These are basic tips. System administrators should implement other policies, such as those that forbid using passwords previously used and locking accounts after a few failed attempts to login.

Here are a few easy tips you can start using today to keep your network more secure.

  1. Change Passwords Regularly – Most security experts recommend that companies change out all passwords every 30 to 90 days.
  2. Password Requirements – Passwords should include a of mix upper and lowercase, number, and a symbol.
  3. Teach employees NOT to use standard dictionary words (any language), or personal data that can be known, or could be stolen: addresses, telephone numbers, SSN, etc.
  4. Emphasize that employees should not access anything using another employee’s login. To save time or for convenience, employees may leave systems open and let others access them. This is usually done so one person doesn’t take the time to logout and the next has to log back in. Make a policy regarding this and enforce it.
  5. Use an electronic password keeper like LastPass to keep all of your passwords secure yet easy to access when needed.

These are just a few basic password tips, but they can make a big difference in keeping your business’s sensitive data safe.

Are you concerned about cybersecurity? Contact the IT specialists at All Mountain Technologies today to make your business more efficient, secure and successful. We’re here when you need us.