Password Security

April 16th, 2020
Tim Kroeger
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Passwords, yes, while you’re at home cleaning house or watching Office for the 5th time, I’m thinking about passwords.  Passwords are still very important to our security online and probably more so these last few weeks since most of our working remotely and “living” online.  Yet, given how important they are, we still are really bad at managing them.  Here are a few tips for you all and since you have nothing better to do, why not clean up your passwords while stuck at home… 😊

 

  1. Use a password manager –A lot of us use the excuse that we can’t remember all of our passwords so it’s easier to use one and re-use it for everything. With password managers, why worry about it. I personally like to use https://www.lastpass.com and use it to manage all of my passwords; both generate passwords and store them.  When I need a password, I just copy and paste it from lastpass. Super easy…

 

  1. Create strong passwords - If you refuse to use a password manager at least use a strong password that would be difficult to break. I manage several servers that are directly connected to the internet and when I review security logs all I see are almost non-stop password guessing attempts from random attackers.  I bet you’re wondering if guessing password works… yeah, it does, that’s why the attackers keep doing it.  Creating a strong password is a lot easier than you think, I would recommend you use a website like: https://howsecureismypassword.net/ to help you see how difficult it would be to guess a password you make.  Caution: I wouldn’t actually test your actual passwords on that website I just posted, you don’t know who owns it… 😊  Just play around.

 

  1. Don’t share password between websites – use a password for a single website and don’t share them, just in case they get hacked. I cringe even saying this, but if you are going to share them between websites, make sure you know what site you’re using what password on.  That way when it does get hacked, you know what password you need to change.

 

  1. Change your passwords regularly – I would recommend that you change passwords when you change the batteries in your smoke detector. If you played around with the website above to test your password strength you’ll realize that it doesn’t take attackers long to break some passwords, so change them often.

 

  1. Lastly…. If you can, always use two factor-authentication. It’s a little bit extra work to get set-up but worth it in the end.  That way, if the attacker do break your password, it won’t matter because you have two-factor authentication set up.  What’s two factor authentication you ask… check back soon and I’ll tell you all about it.