Why are strong passwords so important?
Passwords ensure the security and confidentiality of data that is stored on various devices, from mobile phones to tablets, your PCs and web applications. Some of this data could include employee names and addresses, payroll data, private HR documents and most commonly emails and cloud accounts etc.
It is your responsibility as a user, to make sure that all your account passwords are as difficult to guess as possible and that no one should be able to guess them.
Did you know that…
a weak password can allow viruses to gain access to your computer and spread through the company or your household?
an easy-to-guess password can allow hackers to use your computer to hack into other computers connected to the company network or home network?
these same hackers could use your e-mail account to send malicious messages to everyone in your address book, Inbox and others?
you could be held legally responsible for any damage caused by someone using your account?
Choosing the right password for you
Try not to use…
previously used passwords or variations of them
words from the dictionary,
common character sequences such as “123456”, march2004,
derivatives of user-IDs,
personal details such as variations of your own name, your spouse’s and pet’s names, license plate numbers, national insurance numbers, and birth dates
create passwords that are at least 8 characters in length
create passwords that are difficult to guess
try not to use the same usernames and passwords on every account you have
use at least three of: alphabetic, mixed case, numeric and punctuation characters when creating a new password
vary the case of the letters such as hY7jU9fF
Tip: Think of a full sentence. Now take the first letter of each word from that sentence and add a few digits to the end. Voila! You now have a unique, difficult-to-crack password.
Example sentence: I need to think of a new password
Never store written user-IDs and passwords together!!
Some Statistics for you to think about…
A report in 2013 claimed 90% of passwords are vulnerable to hacking
64% of end users report that they have written down their password at least once
65% of workers use the same password for different applications or services
70% of people do not use a unique password for each Web site
A quarter of Brits forget their online passwords on a regular basis
A third of users share their password with others and have done so in the last month