Protect Your Passwords

Your IT Security

With Ransomware hitting the headlines again – we are going to take this blog post right back to the simplest changes we can all make to help improve our personal and professional security: Passwords.

Passwords literally affect everyone

From children on snapchat and other online games and apps to CEO’s of multinational organisations. These little words hold the secret to your online identity and then some. Password penetration has been found to be one of the most prevalent forms of cyber-attacks globally and the easiest to avoid therefore this weeks’ blog offers some tips and insights around maintaining greater protection over your passwords.

1. Make sure to define a Password Policy to require all user’s passwords to meet a minimum complexity and are required to be changed at a regular interval such as once per month, once every 42 days etc.

2. Use secure, complex passwords to access your company’s domain network.

3. It is critical there are no accounts which have password settings set to “Never Expire”.

4. Make sure to change your administrator passwords at defined intervals.

5. It is highly recommended to rename the domain administrator account to something different as these accounts are always prone to brute force attacks.

Goes without saying

  • Never use your name, address or other information relevant to you
  • Never use the same password on multi accounts
  • Always use a mix of numbers, letters and symbols

Following these simple steps will increase your IT security. If you would like more help and advice in this area, call us on 01-5545980 and one of our team will be only too happy to help.