Password security in 2021

Posted on: 08/11/2021 by Josie Devine

Here at Plinkfizz, we aim to ensure all of our clients’ passwords are kept safe and secure.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the workplaces of millions worldwide. Physical offices shut and many people transitioned to working from home.

Individuals and businesses are more at risk than ever.

Hackers are taking advantage and exploiting human vulnerabilities more than ever. The types of attacks have shifted given the large number of people working remotely and spending more time online.

PASSWORD ADVICE –WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Using a different password per account is best practice and will achieve better security

Create passwords using three random words (National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) advice); numbers, special characters and symbols will add strength, choose words known only to you and avoid family/pet names. Get creative, the longer your passwords, the stronger they will be!

  • Think confidentiality, do not divulge passwords
  • Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to further secure accounts (something you are, you have, you know)
  • Change default passwords on all devices
  • Never leave passwords visible in the office (post it notes)
  • Password managers can assist to store passwords, NCSC offers additional advice

If you are suspicious of an email, report it by forwarding it to: report@phishing.gov.uk

If you are suspicious of a text, report it by forwarding it to: 7726

Further advice can be found at:

www.ncsc.gov.uk

www.cyberaware.gov.uk

www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

www.ico.org.ukwww.staffordshire.police.uk/cybercrime

Report all Cyber-crime and Fraud to:

www.actionfraud.police.uk

or Call: 0300 123 2040

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