Every small and medium-sized organization in and around Chicago is at risk both from outsiders and insiders. Your employees may unintentionally (or intentionally) leak your confidential data.
This is why you must deploy protections to keep this from happening. There are ways we can do this for you with network configurations. In addition, you must ensure that your employees practice appropriate password behavior.
Your employees are your last line of defense. They need to be trained and remain on their toes. And password security should be top of mind.
Passwords are a big part of your cybersecurity – but many employees are cutting corners and using weak passwords anyway. Despite the fact that passwords are the most direct way to access a user’s private information, most passwords employees use today are simply not strong or complex enough.
Passwords protect email accounts, banking information, private documents, administrator rights and more; and yet, user after user and business after business continues to make critical errors when it comes to choosing and protecting their passwords.
Creating and using strong passwords can be frustrating, but it’s incredibly important. Privacy and security are major concerns for businesses these days. You must be sure that your employees aren’t making it easy for hackers to access your private data.
One of the best ways to maintain complex passwords is with a password manager. Password managers are the key to keeping your passwords secure. There are a number to choose from.
A password manager generates, keeps track of and retrieves complex and long passwords for you and your employees to protect vital online information. It also remembers your PINS, credit card numbers and three-digit CVV codes if you choose this option. Plus, it provides answers to security questions for your employees to use. All of this is done with strong encryption that makes it difficult for hackers to decipher.
The following are 3 popular password managers:
LastPass Premium is billed annually for $36 per year.
Dashlane provides many of the same benefits as LastPass. However, if you want to sync your passwords to a mobile device or use two-factor authentication, you must pay $4.99 a month for their Premium Plan. They also offer a Business Plan for $48 a year.
1Password offers a free 30-day free trial. After this expires a personal account costs $2.99 a month, or $4.99 a month for a family with five members. They also offer a “lifetime license” for $65.00. 1Password is the only password manager that allows you to store passwords locally via their Local Vault rather than in the Cloud. 1Password 6 for Windows does not currently support local vaults, but 1Password 7 for Windows does. If you’re worried about losing access to the Internet, you might consider this.
Using a password manager is pretty simple. When using LastPass, Dashlane, or 1Password, you simply download and install the software. You must also download and install the extensions for the different browsers you use. If you want to use these password managers on your smartphone, you must download their mobile apps. None of this is complicated and should only take a few minutes.
To set up an account, you must provide your email address, and you’ll also need to come up with a master password—a long, random, complicated one. Then you must provide information about your various accounts.
You can either import passwords that you have stored in your browsers or let the password manager store your username and password when you log in to a website. Once you get started, the password manager will help you along the way.
We don’t think you should. Why? Because having your web browser remember your passwords and/or credit card details can seem convenient, but it presents security risks.
The risk depends on the browser you’re using, if you sync computers with other devices, and whether or not you take the time to use the browser’s extra security features.
If your employees save passwords in a browser, not only can others who have access to their computers login and see their actual passwords, but a thief can do the same if they lose a laptop, smartphone or tablet.
In the end, it’s important to do everything you can to ensure your employees use secure computing behavior.
Creating and using strong passwords can be frustrating, but it’s incredibly important.
And, be sure to ask us about setting up your network to deploy protections to keep your employees from leaking your confidential data either unintentionally or intentionally.
Privacy and security are major concerns for businesses these days, and you must be sure that you aren’t making it easy for unauthorized individuals and hackers to access your private business data.
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