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WHY STRONG PASSWORDS ARE IMPORTANT

Even though strong passwords (passwords that include a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters) have been a focus of cybersecurity training for years, the most common passwords from 2022 are still ‘password’ and ‘123456’. These ‘bad’ passwords, take a hacker’s automated software less than one minute to crack.


Sticky notes with passwords

In past tips we’ve talked a lot about strong passwords. It’s kind of our job. They’re a really important step to protect you and here are a few reasons why:

  1. Hacking- Long, strong passwords take much longer to crack than those bad ones. For instance, a 12-character strong password can take around 200 years to crack.

  2. Protect Personal Information- Online accounts such as your email, social media, and online banking accounts can contain a lot of information about you. Using strong passwords make those accounts harder for hackers to access.

  3. Protect your online identity- Many online services use email addresses and passwords as the primary method of authentication. If a hacker gains access to your email account, they can reset the passwords for all your other online accounts and take control of them.

If you would like to learn more about how you can better protect your organization from hackers, contact us.


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