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Are your passwords really keeping you safe?

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 9/11/18 3:18 PM

Did you know, half of cyber attacks hit small businesses, and only 14% of small businesses rate their ability to mitigate threats as effective.  Cyber attacks on big businesses make the headlines, and too many small businesses think they’re under the radar.

Weak passwords account for the majority of data breaches.  60% of SMBs have no visibility into employee password habits and have no password policies.  Almost 2/3 of employees in small business use the exact same password for everything.

10% of all passwords are either “password” or “123456”.  No wonder our data isn’t safe!

Best practices for passwords call for STRONG passwords, which include at least eight digits mixed with uppercase and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.  Also, a DIFFERENT password needs to be used for every application, which for many users can be over 50 passwords!

Can you spot the problem?  How can anyone remember all these passwords, and change them frequently enough? 

To keep your data secure, we recommend using a password manager.  Are your employees re-using passwords? Are they using very weak passwords, are they writing them down on post-its or little notebooks? 

Stop ignoring this important part of your security plan.  Create a clear password policy, educate your employees,  and consider implementing a secure password manager. 

Protect your digital footprint before it’s too late! 

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