Passwords – Protect your own

The most common entry into your property or house is through the physical doors. Your physical possessions are contained in your house, you family also. What is becoming more valuable is information. With information, your life can be turned upside-down. Your bank account can be raided and all the funds stolen. 

Technology has created this illusion that our information is safe. We are giving our personal details very easily with the promise of making our life easy. This is true in most instances but we become complacent in not asking questions why I am so freely given information about my life away. Who am I giving it to and are they going to keep safe. 

We are very quick to click “I agree on the terms and conditions that we don’t take time to read them properly and ask questions. The realisation kicks in we are violated and start asking questions. We get surprised by the answers we are given – terms and conditions. Only then do we realise what we did but by then it may already be too late. Hackers loves the fact that we are so casual about our information. Constantly we are told to create strong passwords but it is an inconvenience because we are afraid we will forget them, which we do. Or we use one password for all our logins. All a hacker has to do is gain access to that password and they can take over your life. 

Small business using technology are at a high risk of financial loss due to access to all business information being given to one person because they trust them. Before they know that trust has been violated. We all know this, the simple rules to safeguard your information:

  1. Use very strong passwords with a combination of alphanumeric capital and characters. 
  2. Each login should have its own unique password that complies to number 1 above. 
  3. The same way you don’t give your house keys to stranger, never give your password to anyone especially via a telephone or email. 
  4. Don’t click on strange links asking you to enter your details. 
  5. Verify the source of the email asking you for information before responding. If unsure, delete the email. 

Here are 2020 examples of a bad passwords (Google search will show you more) that are being used and to avoid at all cost. If any of them look at all familiar, go and change the respective account login credentials immediately – 1) 12345, 2) 123456, 3) 123456789, 4) test1, 5) password, 6) 12345678, 7) zinch, 8) g_czechout, 9) asdf, 10) qwerty, 11) 1234567890, 12) 1234567, 13) Aa123456., 14) iloveyou, etc.

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