It’s time to introduce the Passphrase

In our previous blog, Passwords You Should Never Use, we discussed the passwords you should NOT use. In this blog, we will discuss the development of the Pass Phrase for password safety.

According to Easy Time Clocks’ interview on the HR Insider, https://youtu.be/ZXVGuzRBIwk, the “passphrase” is the next way to go in cyber security.

What exactly is a passphrase? A passphrase is a sentence that doesn’t make sense, has more characters than a standard password, and is used as a password. By adding more characters and a sentence that doesn’t make sense, it makes the password harder to guess.  It is suggested that a passphrase is usually easier to remember than a real intense password, but it is harder to hack.

A passphrase should meet the following criteria:

*At least 19 characters in length

*Include punctuation

*Include spaces

Examples of passphrase are:

I read! 12purplemonkeys

Mary Poppins is my3 favoritecolor?

Space camp MashedPotatoes4!

When it comes to password safety, the biggest thing to remember, is to not have the same password for your personal things, such as your Facebook page, and your business credit card. A different passphrase for each account you have is the safer way to handle passwords. Unfortunately that is a lot to remember and keep up with.   

If you really are concerned about passwords, you might also consider getting a password manager.

A password manager is a system that generates your passwords for you and stores those generated passwords so you don’t have to remember all the usernames and passwords for all of your accounts. Google has recently started to offer a similar option. All you do is remember your google password and as long as you are logged in to your Google account, your passwords with be provided for you. If you have limited tech skills and like free, Google is a step in the right direction. If you have more experience and are willing to pay, there are online options that store your passwords on the cloud and there are options where you save your passwords to an external flash drive. Which one would work best really depends on your level of skill, patience and willingness to set up a password manager.

Here are few options to review when looking for a password manager:

www.lastpass.com

www.dashlane.com

www.zoho.com

Good luck on your adventure into password safety!

Passwords You Should Never Use

As we get off to our 2019 start and are fading out of your News Years Resolution (who actually keeps those?) there is one change in your life you should make-how you manager your passwords.

Digital security is an increasingly hot topic. You can find a lot of buzz words, but do any of them actually help you on a day to day basis? Probably not.

One easy way you can work towards protecting yourself online is by updating your passwords on a regular basis and knowing what passwords to avoid.

Here are some common passwords you should never use personally or for your business.

“Password” or “Password1” or “Password2”.

“QWERTY” this comes from just being lazy and typing in letters in order on the keyboard.

“12345” or “23456 “or anything in order. Consecutive numbers or consecutive letters are very easy to guess.

Business Name or Business Address-Hackers are more than likely going to try something with your business name before trying anything else.

Date of Birth/Child birthday/Child Name/Spouses Name- just don’t use anything related to your family, especially if you can easily find it out by looking through your Facebook profile.

“Admin” or “Admin1”

Is your password on the list of top 100 most common passwords as announced by TeamsId.com? If it is, its time to change it! https://www.teamsid.com/100-worst-passwords/

MSN has announced their list of the top 25 worst passwords of 2018. Are your passwords listed? If so, time to make a change! https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/the-top-25-worst-passwords-of-2018-based-on-5-million-leaked-passwords-on-the-internet/ar-BBQVgEi

When it comes to password safety, the biggest thing to remember, is to not have the same password for your personal things, such as your Facebook page, and your business credit card.

For a list of the top 100 passwords of 2018, and to make sure your password is not on the list, visit https://www.teamsid.com/100-worst-passwords/ . MSN also has a list https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/the-top-25-worst-passwords-of-2018-based-on-5-million-leaked-passwords-on-the-internet/ar-BBQVgEi