Password hygiene is the practice of creating and maintaining secure passwords to protect sensitive information from unauthorized access. With the increasing number of data breaches and cyber attacks, it is more important than ever to practice good password hygiene. Here are some steps you can take to improve your password hygiene and prevent data breaches:
- Use strong passwords: Avoid using easily guessable information such as your name, birthdate, or common words. Instead, use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters to create a strong, unique password.
- Avoid reusing passwords: Each of your accounts should have a different password. If one password is compromised, it can put all of your other accounts at risk.
- Use a password manager: A password manager can generate and store strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts. This eliminates the need to remember multiple passwords and reduces the risk of reusing passwords.
- Enable two-factor authentication (2FA): 2FA adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second form of authentication, such as a fingerprint or a code sent to your phone, in addition to your password.
- Regularly update your passwords: Change your passwords on a regular basis, at least every few months.
By following these steps, you can improve your password hygiene and reduce the risk of data breaches. It’s important to note that even with the best password hygiene, no system is 100% secure, so it’s always a good idea to be vigilant and monitor your accounts for any suspicious activity.
Improving the password hygiene within among your staff is one of the best ways to quickly bolster cybersecurity in your organisation. This and many other fundamental cybersecurity lessons are available in our Cyber Awareness Training section.