Hackers have become the biggest threat for technology. Even password protected documents are not safe anymore, in fact, it’s getting worse. It is crucial to spread awareness among employees not to commit the most common password mistakes and to keep it secure.
In this article at Risk Management Magazine, Csaba Krasznay suggests ways to deal with the unfortunate risks of password hacking and keeping the organization data safe with password protection.
This may sound contradictory, but the right approach of using the password protection may resolve issues of hacking easily. The following considerations should be incorporated into employee education and policies to keep confidential data and professional documents safe:
- Bigger is Better: The longer the password would be, the harder it is to crack. However, using a string of random words helps in forming a secure password, even though it is difficult to memorize. The regulator and standard organization like the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) promotes to use such passwords and encourage security administrators to allow at least 64 characters for account passwords.
- Special Characters: Using upper and lower-case alphabets along with numbers and symbols is a good practice. Users may capitalize the first letter of the password and add a symbol or number to the end.
- Password Churn: Periodic change in password or making simple modifications to an existing password is another way of maintaining its secrecy.
- Easy is the New Difficult: Playing around the easiest words like a pen or paper is difficult to hack, still not foolproof. Instead of writing your passwords down, consider writing the name of the website, your login and a clue that will jog your memory.
The author suggests a better option for handling this challenge of using a reputable password manager. There are plenty of free or low-cost tools available online to keep track of unique passwords. Click on the following link to know more about such hacks: http://www.rmmagazine.com/2018/06/01/fixing-the-problems-with-passwords/