Use strong passwords to protect your business

If passwords are too simple, hackers can easily guess or gather them, giving cybercriminals free access to your system. Once they’re in, you have a major problem. The stronger and more complex your passwords, the safer your network will be from a cyber attack.

Passwords should:

  • be at least 10 characters long
  • not contain a complete word which easily links to you including your name, company name, family member or pet
  • include a mix of upper-and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols
  • be different from each other and from previous passwords
  • change regularly
  • be kept private
  • be unique and hard to guess

Tips to create a strong password – and remember it

It can help if you:

  • make your passwords have meaning
  • use the letters of a song, musical or movie title and change some of the characters to make a strong password. For example: Casino Royal 007 = C@s!n0r0y@Le7 or Les Miserable= L3$m!s3r@bLe
  • use a password manager – this will create and securely store unique passwords for you
  • don’t write passwords down on paper or store a list in a word document – they can be stolen and used to access your accounts
  • select no when a computer offers to automatically remember your password when logging onto a website

Always give employees different logins (user name and passwords) for your business systems.

Read more about managing your IT security when preparing a cyber security policy.

Go to Stay Smart Online for more information on how to create strong passwords for your business.

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