In days gone by, a lock and a key was all that was needed to keep documents containing personal information safe and out of the wrong hands. With the advent of the Digital Age came the challenge of protecting any information that we share with the online world, but nowadays it’s unlikely that your Mother’s maiden name or the first car you ever owned will cut it when it comes to preventing hackers obtaining your details. Fortunately for the majority of us, hackers don’t take much interest in our data because it isn’t of enough value, but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our utmost to protect it. To do our bit on World Password Day we’re sharing some tips from the commercial virtual private network service, Pure VPN about password security.
1. Use the same password for multiple accounts
2. Write down your passwords in plain text
3. Select a simple password
4. Use a short password
1. Create a longer password
2. Add complexity
3. Avoid predictability
4. Keep it unique
5. Use a strength-checker
It’s all very well and good to have a strong password to protect your data (and we fully recommend that you do), but keeping your information private isn’t only solved by having a strong password. We’ve talked in the past about website security in the form of SSL Certificates, which basically mean that any information that users put on a website is secured. The way you can tell if a website is secure is by checking its URL, if the web address starts with “https://” then you’re good to go. Websites that don’t have this level of security aren’t doing anything to protect the data shared on it, so it is generally considered good practice to not trust these websites. If you are a business owner and have a website without an SSL Certificate, this can negatively impact your SEO. So really, having a secure website benefits everyone involved.
Read more about password security from the original article from Pure VPN here. Or if you would like assistance in making your website secure, give Foundry Digital a call today and we would be happy to help you out. We purchase SSL Certificates for our clients and implement them too so that they can benefit from having a secure website. Get in touch to find out more. In the meantime, maybe have a think about refreshing your passwords today – Happy World Password Day!
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