Hack-Proof Your Passwords

Since October is Cybersecurity month, I figured this would be a good time to write an article about passwords. I know most of us are guilty of using less than adequate passwords (myself included!), but creating complicated, hard to crack passwords doesn’t have to be a challenge.

The first step to creating a password is to find help. It’s a hacker’s paradise out there, and people who use the same password across multiple accounts are just asking to be hacked. Not to mention those with simple passwords (Welcome1, anyone?). If your password is as simple as Welcome1, then you have to stop reading right now and go change all your passwords.

Now, we all have multiple accounts these days, so using long and complicated passwords that are each different from each other can be hard to remember. And this is where password managers come in. If you’re not sure what a password manager is, it is an add-on application that you can install on your web browser or phone that will automatically generate and remember hack-proof passwords for all your accounts. The only password you need to remember is the password into the actual password manager itself.

You should never write down your passwords. Always use a password manager to store your passwords. Two really great managers you can use are, LastPass and 1Password.Writing down your password on paper is basically like giving it away or having no password at all. Not secure. Also, make sure that you change your passwords regularly. I like to recommend people change them every 30-60 days to ensure full security.

According to a study in the Globe and Mail, a simple 8 character password will only take a hacker roughly one working day to hack your computer. As you can see in this diagram the time it take to hack increases drastically the more complicated your passwords become.

A strong password is your first line of defense from hackers. It is what separates all your data (and your life), from the outside world. Without a password anyone would be able to get onto all your accounts, through your computer files, and do whatever they like! You absolutely need, need, need a strong password!

If you have any questions about cybersecurity, or would like to talk about your securing your business data, feel free to send me a message. I’m here to help!

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