Password Security Best Practices 2021

October 19, 2021

In today’s digital age, keeping your workplace passwords secure from hackers is important. Passwords are basically the “front door” for hackers to illegally enter your workplace’s digital space. However, many individuals use predictable, easy-to-guess passwords which expose companies to the risk of digital attacks. In fact, more than 50% of respondents to an online security survey conducted by Google in 2019 stated that they reuse the same password for multiple accounts.  Here are a few best practices to follow to help prevent the theft of company information:

  • Avoid easily guessed passwords
  • Make sure your password is complex
  • Don’t use the same password across several accounts
  • Don’t add personal info in your passwords
  • Don’t use a dictionary word
  • Use brackets when possible
  • Use misspelled words
  • Change your passwords regularly
  • Create a formula-based password

In addition, avoid using the following password ideas like the plague.

  • Basic sequences like abcd or 1234
  • Password or variations on the word “password”
  • Website names like facebook2  or coinbase3
  • These passwords: “sunshine”, “default”, “football”, “computer”, “iloveyou1”, “princess1”, “starwars”, “letmein”, “pokemon”, “batman”, “cookie”

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*Information from this article was found from the Swiss Cyber Forum