It's World Password Day!
The first Thursday in May is dedicated to World Password Day and promoting the use of better password habits.
Even in 2021, you’d be surprised by how many people still have their password written on a PostIt note, sat on their desk. LastPass carried out some research and found a surprising 50% of people admit they are still using the same password for different accounts.
So, on World Password Day, we’re giving you some tips to create a super-secure password.
1. New, completely different passwords
This may seem pretty obvious, but each account needs a new password. The best way to achieve a completely new password is by using a password generator. A password generator allows you to choose the character length and provides a random selection of letters, numbers and special characters. Ensuring each password is completely random.
2. Password Managers
Using a password manager stores all of your passwords in one place, so you don’t have to remember them yourself. Just create a completely random, secure master password that you can remember, and you’re all set. Password managers also let you share the password with someone who needs it, without them actually seeing the password. Giving you the ability to revoke their access when they no longer need it.
3. Multifactor Authentication
If you’re given the option, multifactor authentication gives you an additional level of security and access requirements. Sometimes they can be as simple as a key code or token but stops your accounts from being hacked by someone who has figured out your password. Your smartphone can also use your Face ID or fingerprint as a second authenticator.
4. Avoid Password Sharing
If you really need to share a password, such as billing information with a partner or business passwords, make sure you keep usernames and passwords separate when sharing the information. This stops someone from finding an email or message with both included. If you can, use a password manager to share the details. Ensure you change the information once the person using the password is done.
5. Stay 'Forgotten'
It’s safer to avoid using ‘stay logged in’ or ‘remember me’ buttons on accounts. If anyone else has access to your devices, they can simply log back into any of your accounts that have remembered your log in details. These ‘remember me’ options also save the password for that account, so if you try to change your password it will automatically fill it in, meaning a hacker could change your password without you knowing.
Here are some password managers that our employees at LA Micro use:
Please speak to our team if you’d like any support!