Best practices for password security

If you’re vigilant about online security, you no doubt have a different and complicated password for every account you use. All you need to do is be vigilant and remember these passwords or file them away in a document. Weak passwords will not withstand hackers’ security attacks.

Strong passwords are a defence against hackers who want access to your accounts at any cost. It’s worth the effort and time invested in finding the right password. Take password security seriously. Protect your website and customer data from theft. Hackers are everywhere and are constantly looking for your vulnerabilities.

What mistakes should you avoid when choosing a password?

– Consecutive keyboard combinations, e.g. “zxcvb” or “qwerty

– First name, surname or name of spouse or children

– Do not use personal information such as your birthday or age.

– Never reuse old passwords, use passwords only once.

– Avoid using the same password for every account you have.

– Don’t let anyone watch you enter your password. Never save or share passwords.

– Always log out of your account if you leave your computer around or are on a public network.

These are all useful pointers to keep you away from hackers, which very often lead to even worse turns of events, such as identity theft or data loss.

Here are best security practices for passwords:

Use different passwords for different accounts, so if one is compromised, the others won’t be. Never use the same password for more than one account.

Try using passphrases with words that don’t normally fit, but are familiar to you, instead of passwords with long forgettable characters. Words that are easier to remember are less likely to be broken. Also, change non-alphabetic characters and capital letters to strengthen the passphrase. You can easily strengthen your password by replacing numbers with letters. We recommend using at least twelve lower case, interchangeable characters, upper case, symbols and numbers in your password. The more the better.

Always check the strength of your password. Most websites allow a password analyzer to tell you how strong or weak your password may be. Definitely pay attention to the analysis and change your password accordingly. Also, the length of your password has a significant influence, the longer it is the harder it is to crack.

Change passwords regularly, at least every 90 days.

Use two-factor authentication (2FA), also known as multi-factor authentication. This is a text-based or application-based authentication method to verify your identity before access.

And finally, invest in a password manager. Password managers use several forms of encryption to make sure your passwords are even harder to crack and allow you to just need to remember a password.

When it comes to password security, being proactive is the best protection.