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Information Systems | 12/15/2017

December Tech Talk: Why Is Password Strength Important?

Have you ever had your Comfort Keepers® email compromised, followed by a notification from the Helpdesk stating your account has been used to send spam? Most of the time, this happens because of a weak password. Protecting and strengthening your password is important not only for your own security, but also that of your business.

Hackers, and not the ethical kind, are constantly evolving. Whether they wish to do some online shopping on your dime, or just simply enjoy disrupting other people’s lives for their own pleasure, they are finding new ways to obtain your personal information.

Many of us use the same or similar passwords for everything, from online banking, Amazon accounts, Email, online bill pay, and even our retirement accounts. The problem with doing this, especially if you use a weak password for these accounts, is it makes accessing your information easy for hackers, and allows them to know more about you than even your closest friends and family.

Take matters into your own hands, and increase the strength of your passwords. While your passwords may be more difficult to remember off the top of your head, it’s a relatively small price to pay for added security and protection.

Below are some standard password security parameters:

Minimum of 8 characters long Lower case letters (i.e. a-z) Upper case letters (i.e. A-Z) Numbers (i.e. 0-9) Special characters (e.g. -=[]\;,./~!@#$%^&*()_+{}|:<>?) Avoid using passwords that contain your username, DOB, address, etc… Avoid writing passwords down. If you must write a password down, write it in a way that others won't be able to decipher like using a hint for part of it and store it securely in a safe inconspicuous location, not under the keyboard or on your monitor.

Once you have a good, strong, and memorable password, you can come up with a system to modify it slightly for each system or application. Then you will only need to remember your base password and your system.

Have a topic of interest you’d like to read about? Email TechTalk@comfortkeepers.com for review.

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