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Improving your password security is important because there are still too many people that do not have strong enough passwords. There are a few ways that someone can steal your password and make your personal information insecure. So, it is key for you to improve your password security. These tips will help you.

Require the use of a password manager
Password management applications for business users (such as 1Password, Dashlane and LastPass) are an effective first step toward reducing security risks associated with passwords. You should have a password manager to generate and store lengthy passwords with all alphabet options (such as mixed-case letters) turned on.

Require the use of MFA
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) factors include what you know (a password), what you have (a device, such as a smartphone), and who you are (a fingerprint or facial recognition scan). Using MFA to require verification, such as a code sent to a mobile device, in addition to the use of strong, unique passwords, can help provide better enterprise protection.

Don’t let users create passwords with dictionary words
In a brute-force dictionary attack, a criminal uses software that systemically enters every word in a dictionary to figure out a password. To thwart such attacks, many experts recommend against using words that exist in a dictionary.

Steer users away from passwords that include information about them

Don’t use the names of a spouse, pet, city of residence, birthplace or any other personally identifiable information in a password, as that information could be deduced from the user’s social media accounts.

Educate users on what makes a password safe

A safe password doesn’t appear anywhere else in the public realm (such as in dictionaries), doesn’t appear anywhere in private (such as other accounts users have), and contains enough random characters that it would take an eternity to guess the password, even when using brute-force or rainbow table techniques.

Regularly perform password audits

Ideally, your organization should use an authentication system that allows for password audits. Look for things like password reuse across employees or use of common words or common words with simple character replacements. If you uncover a weak password, use the event as a learning opportunity for users.

By: Damilola Faustino

See Also: #TechTuesday-Six Sure Hacks For Smartphone Security

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