Writing them down isn’t working…
The age of digitalization is here, and that means everything is in the cloud. While some things are suddenly more convenient, another administrative nightmare has been born. Too many passwords! And now the experts are telling you you need lower case, upper case, special characters, and at least 8 characters!!!
The truth is, you really do need something better than your dog’s name followed by a number. It’s computers that try to guess your password, not some guy locked in a dark room. And computers can process permutations of numbers fast!
The solution? Well, the best solution is two factor authentication. However, that may not be available where you work or on all the cloud services you use. The next best thing is a password manager…or password vault.
Take a minute today and Google “password manager”. There are lots of great options. Some sync to your phone or across all of your devices. Password managers can store lots of information including driver’s license numbers, social security numbers for your family, and the thousands of passwords you carry in a notebook (or are you one of those who uses the same password for everything – which is a really bad idea). Download one and start using it. A good one will allow you to easily generate new (complex) passwords in a moment, as well as storing links to the sites you use, and auto-filling them. The best part is, these programs encrypt your data so it’s a whole lot safer than writing them down or reusing them.
P.S. The first step is understanding your company’s risk – if you don’t have my pdf, 8 Ways Employees Enable Hackers, this may help you identify points of vulnerability within your business – download it here: https://lnkd.in/ecBTk-R