Weak passwords are one of the largest threat vectors for cybersecurity. By choosing passwords that are easily guessed or quickly cracked, employees can place an entire company’s network at risk.
Unfortunately, despite awareness of this problem, weak passwords are still very common.
Consider the following:
One of the easiest defenses against password hacking is to meet complexity requirements. These ensure passwords are unique, hard to guess, and complicated enough to deter cracking.
The table below shows how even small increases in complexity can make credentials vastly more secure. As shown, a few changes can take passwords from ones that are able to be guessed instantly to ones that are virtually uncrackable.
Here are some best practices to follow. CyberTek recommends that passwords use:
A minimum of twelve (12) characters.
- A combination of lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
- No personal information.
- No part of the username.
- No overlap with other passwords used in or out of the workplace.
Additionally, it is important to change your password every ninety (90) days or when an event occurs that requires a password change.
By doing so, your password will be very secure. As the table above shows, a password meeting these requirements would take 34,000 years to brute force!
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