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Not another password! Is Cyber Security making our life more challenging?

Not another password! Is Cyber Security making our life more challenging?

Cybersecurity is the state or process of protecting and recovering computer systems, networks, devices, and programs from any type of cyber-attack.

 Why is it important? Because it encompasses everything that pertains to protecting our sensitive data and that of businesses… and even the government. Cybersecurity continues to be a hot topic. The risk is rising, driven by global connectivity and usage of cloud services to store sensitive data and personal information. The poor configuration of cloud services paired with increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals means the risk that an organisation suffers from a successful cyber attack or data breach is increasing. Any sophisticated hacker can avoid simple defences. The digital world which we ‘live’ and do business in is vulnerable and open to attack. Information such as social security numbers, credit card information and bank account details are now stored in cloud storage services. Personal data that could result in identity theft is now posted to the public on our social media accounts. Organisations are increasingly recognising the value of taking proactive steps toward building a more secure network and identifying cyber threats. Repeatedly using the same passwords or using ‘weak’ passwords can leave you vulnerable to hackers. Repeatedly using the same passwords or using ‘weak’ passwords can leave you vulnerable to hackers. Passwords provide the first line of defence against unauthorised access to your personal information. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer/device will be from hackers and malicious software. So, yes having multiple passwords may be annoying… but it is a small price to pay to be cyber safe. Here are some useful tips:

  1. Use a unique password for each of your important accounts
  2. Do not use the same password across multiple accounts.
  3. Your password should be at least 8 characters long and consist of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers and symbols.
  4. Do not use personal information such as your name, age, date of birth, child’s name, pet’s name, or favourite colour.
  5. Always log off/sign out if you leave your device for the day.
  6. Avoid entering passwords on computers you aren’t yours.
  7. Avoid entering passwords when connected to unsecured Wi-Fi connections (like at an airport, restaurant or coffee shop)
  8. Never tell your password to anyone.
  9. Change your passwords regularly
  10. Avoid using the same password more than once.
  11. Never write down your passwords.
  12. Always select ‘never’ when your Internet browser asks for your permission to remember your passwords.

Recommended Reading on this theme brought to you by Finerton:

The essential cybersecurity tips for your smartphone

Blog carried: 28/10/2019

 

Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
Images Sourced from pixabay.com

Last modified on: September 29, 2020

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