Unauthorised access to business information can be disastrous, with effects ranging from loss or corruption of sensitive data to the exposure of customer data to people with malicious intent. Hackers are always coming up with new techniques to breach individual and organisational security. However, most cyberattacks are opportunistic and unsophisticated, using basic techniques to exploit glaring vulnerabilities. A strong password is enough to stop many would-be cyberattacks and garden variety hackers in their tracks.
Humans are simply too unreliable.
There are two golden rules when it comes to passwords. Keep them strong, and don’t reuse them. It’s simple, straightforward advice, and it can make a real difference to the security of user accounts. Yet far too often people fail to follow this guidance, leaving themselves and their employers vulnerable to serious security breaches. Bearing this in mind, it’s becoming increasingly clear that businesses can no longer rely on passwords alone to keep their data safe.Read More »
A stark reminder to us all about password security
More than 1.4 billion stolen passwords and other credentials have been found in a plain text file, which was posted in a dark web forum. Security threat intelligence company 4iQ discovered the 41GB file on 5th December, and after a few days of sifting through the data, it reported on its findings so far.Read More »
Would you give up your passwords for free chocolate? Many people would, the media tells us - repeatedly. Why, though, does this story keep popping up?
Passwords are important. But not as important, it would seem, as chocolate. Since 2004, the idea that people will exchange their passwords for chocolate has made headlines several times. Numerous publications have indicated that the offer of free confectionery is all it takes to make folk forget basic security measures.Read More »
This week, a major security flaw was found in Apple's MacOS operating system. When lessons can businesses learn from it?
As gaping security holes go, the one recently discovered in MacOS High Sierra was particularly monumental. Uncovered by researcher Lemi Orhan Ergin (who posted it on Twitter, much to Apple’s displeasure), it showed how even the richest, most experienced technology companies in the world can get things frighteningly wrong.Read More »
All businesses should exercise best practice when it comes to passwords, but what does that mean? This selection of password tips is the ideal place to start.
Everyone knows that passwords are important. Whether you’re logging into a smartphone, an email account or your online banking, often the only thing that stands between you and complete access is the passwords you use. But that same access will be granted to anyone else who can work out your passwords. If your account information falls into the hands of criminals, you could find yourself either inconvenienced or out of pocket. Yet, in spite of the dangers, many of us still aren’t following best practice when it comes to our passwords. And in some cases, we think we are, but we’re basing our decisions on out-of-date advice.Read More »