Did you know that passwords are the biggest target for cyber attacks? Risky behaviors such as the use of automatic saving functions in browsers or saving passwords in plain text format in desktop files will endanger even the most secure password.
Regular password checks improve security in an organization by ensuring the complexity and strength of all access keys and prompting users to change their passwords if they are too weak. But how do you keep track of all these ever-changing passwords?
Unlike many services that you trust with your password, you can at least assume that a password manager is doing everything to protect you, including adhering to best practices for storing and encrypting passwords. You may worry that an attacker can compromise your password manager, but as long as you follow the recommendations to set up a secure master password, your risk is minimal. By choosing a strong master password that you have never used before, you can protect your accounts from unauthorized access.
The first step to getting started using a password manager is to transfer all your existing passwords to the program. Next, you need to identify the weak and duplicate passwords and replace them with hard ones using a password generator to create a highly secure password. Many password managers flag weak and duplicate passwords, and some offer help with the upgrade process. Password managers enable you to create strong, unique passwords when you sign up for websites and save them on your servers. These apps allow you to store all your passwords in one single location. To access the resource or application, you can copy the password from the manager and paste it into the appropriate field.
Many password managers will go so far as to automatically enter your password for you. Password managers are the ultimate solution for generating and storing passwords for multiple websites. They encrypt your password data and save it in the cloud or on your device.
Here are key points of password security to help reduce your risk of a hacker gaining access to your device:
– Passwords must be long and complex. Long and complex passwords make it more difficult and time-consuming for a hacker to guess.
– Passwords should be at least ten characters and contain characters such as commas, percent signs and parentheses along with upper and lower-case letters and numbers.
– Never write down your passwords. Store passwords in password managers.
– Never use the same password for two or more devices. Using the same password for multiple devices makes it easier for hackers to break into all of your devices.
At MDL Technology, your company’s security is our number one concern. By offering services such as 24/7 support, network monitoring, offsite data backups, auditing and compliance and more we help ensure that you don’t need to stress about private information becoming public. Learn more about the services we offer by visiting our website.