The rise of ransomware has meant that we’ve been dealing with a lot of hacking attempts lately, and our clients are asking us how to keep their systems secure. As such we thought we’d publish this quick post and share the golden rule of data security…

The golden rule? Your passwords NEED to be secure!

We understand that having different and more complex passwords to remember can be somewhat of a pain, but we cannot stress enough how it’s completely worth it. It’s worth a slight inconvenience in the name of your data security.

So how do I make my passwords as secure as possible?

The elements of a secure password are:

  • Length (longer the password = more secure)
  • Complexity (Lower case, upper case, special characters, numbers)

While you can generate an extremely secure password on sites such as these can be difficult to remember, which is a pain in itself. A secure password doesn’t necessarily have to be a random arrangement of characters.

Think about the length of the average password – names & DOB are among the top things in passwords. Say for example, your son is called David. Your password might be david98 or similar. This is obviously not the most secure of passwords. Some more secure ideas based on this might be:

  • 1998DaVid?!
  • MySonIsC@11edD@vid
  • DAviD9898@

You get the idea.

Learn how to manage secure passwords and you’ll dramatically reduce your chances of being hit by a hacking attack.