Security and Choice of PasswordChoose your passwords carefully…

According to recent report by Verizon which you can read here , the biggest issue regarding data security is your choice of password and the steps you take to protect it.  With “63% of confirmed data breaches involved weak, default or stolen passwords”.

The report outlines the fact that we can still be naive with respect to phishing attacks, …almost a third (30%) of phishing messages were opened up from 23% in 2014. And 12% of targets went on to open the malicious attachment or click the link about the same as 2014 (11%). So with almost a third of unsafe emails being opened we really do need to make a serious effort to train all our staff in a few fundamentals.

Laurance Dine, a Managing Principal for the Investigative Response Unit at Verizon, commented that, “user security awareness continues to be overlooked as organisations fail to understand that they need to make their employees the first line of defence”

So what can business owners and managers do?

Security and Choice of Password Security and Choice of Password Firstly create strong passwords. Take a look at Splash Data’s list of Worst 25 passwords and cringe slightly if any of them is yours!

password
12345678
qwerty
12345
123456789
letmein

football
1234
1234567
baseball
welcome
monkey

1234567890
abc123
111111
1qaz2wsx
dragon
master

login
princess
qwertyuiop
passw0rd
starwars

Secondly, once you have created a strong password, don’t share it or use it again. It won’t matter if it is the strongest password in the world if the whole world knows about it!

Thirdly, make yourself and your staff fully aware of the risks of data breach. There are plenty of recent examples, and none of us wishes to be added to the ever growing list and serious breaches of the Data Protection Act carries with it the likelihood of serious fines by the information commissioner (ICO).

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