The Importance of a Safe Password

With the internet becoming more and more integral in the day to day running of small and medium sized businesses, it is important to ensure you keep your business safe from online threats and dangers.

Creating a safe password is one of the most important things you can do to protect your business, and the importance of doing so can’t be emphasized enough. Passwords are used to protect your private data, such as your emails, social network profiles, and bank accounts, and are therefore a highly important defence against hackers.

Once you have created a strong password, there is an incentive to use it for all of your accounts – after all you know it is strong and you can remember what it is – but this should be avoided. Imagine if someone was to find out this password; they would not only gain access to one of your accounts, but to all of them.

A strong, safe password should have a number of key elements:

  • A mixture of upper and lower case letters
  • Include numbers and symbols/punctuation as well as letters
  • Be around 8 digits long
  • Be easy to remember so you don’t have to write it down. If you have to, write a hint and keep it away from your computer, but make sure not to write the actual password down

Password security top tips:

  • Change your password regularly
  • Don’t share your password with anyone
  • Don’t save passwords or stay logged onto shared computers
  • Have a password you can write quickly so people can’t keep track of what you write
  • Have different passwords for each account