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Password Best Practices 

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When it comes to protecting our online accounts and personal information, the humble password is still one of the most important safeguards that we have. However, with so many passwords to remember and the constant threat of cyberattacks, it can be difficult to know how to create and manage passwords effectively. 

Here are some best practices to follow for creating and maintaining passwords: 

Use Strong Passwords 

Longer, more complex passwords are more secure than shorter simple ones, as they are more difficult for attackers to guess or crack using automated tools. Aim for a minimum of 12 characters and include a mix of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters. 

Utilize Password Strength Tools 

If you are having difficulty coming up with a good password, use a password tool or generator to help you create a strong, unique password. Many tools will also rate the strength of your password, so that you can see how secure it is. 

Use Unique Passwords 

Reusing the same password for multiple accounts is a major security risk, as it means that if one of your accounts is compromised, all of your other accounts will also be at risk. Instead, use a unique password for each of your accounts. 

Regularly Refresh Your Passwords 

Even if you are using strong and unique passwords, it is still a good idea to regularly change them, especially if you suspect that your password may have been compromised. Consider setting up a password rotation schedule that can automatically remind you when it’s time to change your passwords. 

It is also important to not reuse an old password, as attackers can potentially obtain old passwords from data breaches and use them to gain access to your accounts. 

Don’t Share Your Passwords 

Sharing your passwords is a big no-go from a security standpoint. Normally the context where this would even be considered is in the case of a trusted friend or colleague. However, by sharing your passwords, it increases the risk of a security compromise, as if the devices and information of that person is accessed maliciously, the information to your logins may also be accessed as well.  

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) 

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring you to provide an additional piece of information such as a code sent to your phone, in addition to your password. This makes it much more difficult for attackers to gain access to your accounts, even if they have your password. 

Use A Password Manager 

Managing multiple complex and unique passwords can be a challenge, but using a password manager can make the process much easier. A password manager is a tool that stores all of your passwords in a secure, encrypted format, and allows you to access them using a single master password. 

This means you would only have to remember one password, while still enjoying the security benefits of using unique passwords for each of your accounts. Whether you hold many different logins with various passwords, or use the same password for all of them, this option could be a game-changer for enhanced, yet easily accessible security. 

If you are a business owner or IT manager, by providing a password manager for your team, you can ensure that your staff adhere to best practice when it comes to password security. 

Providing a password manager for your staff can help to protect both your business and your employees from cyberattacks. 

Make Password Security a Priority 

Password security is an ongoing process and should be taken seriously. By following these best practices and enabling technologies like MFA and password managers, you can help to protect your accounts and personal information from attackers. 

It’s an effort that is worth making to ensure that your online accounts remain secure. Digital security is an integral part of today’s digital world, and it pays to take the necessary steps to protect yourself. 

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