Cyberattack methods continue to grow and evolve over time. One specific tactic that cybercriminals frequently utilize is hacking victims’ accounts or devices by cracking their passwords.
This tactic is often all too easy for cybercriminals when their targets fail to create strong enough passwords to ward off password-cracking technology or—in some cases—simple guesses.
Nevertheless, cybersecurity experts confirm that establishing an effective password can increase the amount of time it would take for a cybercriminal to hack into an account or device from just a few hours to several years.
Taking this into consideration, password strength should be a top priority across your organization. Encourage your employees to create proper passwords with this guidance:
- Focus on length—Choose a password that’s eight to 16 characters long.
- Make it unique—Use at least two special characters within your password. Don’t use family or pet names, special dates or common phrases as your password.
- Switch it up—Remember to change your password every 30-45 days.
- Refrain from recycling—Never reuse or repeat a password across devices or accounts.
To ensure you have the necessary safeguards in place to protect your business, employees and clients from cyberattacks, contact Ollis/Akers/Arney Insurance & Business Advisors today.
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