World Password Day was May 6, we should continue to celebrate it by changing all passwords monthly.

The best practices for passwords include making them at a minimum include at least 12 characters in length, made from a combination of uppercase, lowercase, digits, and symbols. Each account should have a unique password and passwords should never be reused.

Most people think changing passwords is an inconvenience, and they are right, but it is up to each person to help protect your personal data, your company data and your client data. To make this process easier, you can use a non-cloud-based password manager such as Enpass or KeePass. Most people recommend non-cloud based services because your passwords are stored and encrypted locally, not through a service hosted in the cloud that could be compromised.

Security is not guaranteed, even if you follow the rules. The words of he late cryptographer Robert Morris ring true today: “The three golden rules to ensure computer security are: do not own a computer; do not power it on, and do not use it.”

But we can all try to make it harder for the hackers to win. 

Check out our podcast episode, Spam, Scams, and Sabotage: Tales of Adventure from the IT Helpdesk, for more information and an informative discussion about computer security.