When was the last time you updated your password? If the answer is more than a year ago, you may be surprised to know that’s a little too long. In the past, it was only recommended that you change the passwords to your email, work accounts and online banking every 60 to 90 days. However, the Better Business Bureau and many IT professionals now recommend you change your passwords at least monthly. Yes – at least every 30 days.
With more and more people working from home and telecommuting for business, updating your password couldn’t be more important for cybersecurity these days. One of the easiest ways for a hacker to get access to your personal, business or financial information is by stealing your login details through a cyberattack. You can be on the defense and mitigate this risk by frequent password changes. There are lots of ideas and tools out there to take advantage of. Here are just a few you may want to use:
Strong passwords need to contain a few elements. This includes a mix of numbers, symbols, capital letters and lower-case letters. Depending on the password you may also need to choose a password that’s about 12 to 14 characters in length. To remember something that complex, you will have to use a method that works for you and your memory. Songs or quotes could serve as inspiration.
Think of a random song or a quote that you like. You can take that sentence and transform it into a password. Here’s how:
Even if you think you have a good handle on your passwords and cyber hygiene, consider asking your IT team questions about creating stronger passwords or setting you up for training. When it comes to protecting your personal, business and banking information – it’s worth it!
Cyberattacks happen through weaknesses in your system. Seeking information and tools to ensure you're properly protecting yourself and your business is always a good practice.
At Valley First, we like to ensure that you have the tools and resources to be cybersecure to protect your personal and business banking information. Here are some other links to articles and videos we’ve produced to help you: