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Password 101

July 13, 2020 | Blog

A business’s cybersecurity starts with their employee’s passwords. No amount of network security or locks can protect a business if the passwords that the company’s employees are using have been hacked. Here a few basic practices that you should teach yourself and your employees in order to avoid potential cybersecurity breaches.

  • Change Passwords Frequently – we recommend that you require company password changes every 30 to 90 days.
  • Password Requirements – it is best to require a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and a symbol.
  • Teach your employees to avoid using any personal information that may be guessed or found out in their passwords. This includes a pet or family member’s name, phone numbers and birthdates just to name a few.
  • Make company policies around not sharing login information with coworkers. Every employee should use their own login information to complete their work.

There are many websites out there that are waiting to steal personal data on the dark web. Since you cannot control what websites your employees go to on their personal devices, it is a best practice to discourage your employees from using the same passwords in their work and personal lives.

Following these five tips is a great start to better secure your company’s data. For more information on ways to improve your business’s password security, or how to run a dark Web password scan, contact UDI today!

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