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CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH: CREATE STRONG PASSWORDS

CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH: CREATE STRONG PASSWORDS

CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH: CREATE STRONG PASSWORDS

By : Mister Kleen October 3, 2023 Comments off

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and high security cleaning services such as Mister Kleen should regularly train employees on how to help defend against cybercriminals and data breaches.   

Through our Employee Security Awareness Program, also known as E.S.A.P.Mister Kleen enhances our employees’ cybersecurity awareness by training them to better identify potential threats and vulnerabilities AND how to properly report them to their onsite supervisor and security personnel.

This month federal agencies are promoting four key cybersecurity behaviors:

  1. Create strong passwords and use a password manager  
  2. Enable multi-factor authentication  
  3. Update your software  
  4. Recognize and report phishing attempts 

 

HOW TO CREATE STRONG PASSWORDS 

According to the National Cybersecurity Alliance, you should keep these three things in mind when creating passwords:

  • Passwords should be at least 12 characters long. 
  • Use a unique password for each of your accounts – don’t reuse them. Keep them unique by not just changing one character or adding a number at the end; none of your passwords should look alike. Unique passwords help keep your accounts safe if one is compromised.
  • Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. 

 

BENEFITS OF A PASSWORD MANAGER

You probably have dozens of online accounts, and the NCA suggests using a password manager, which can store your usernames and passwords in a secure, encrypted database. A password manager can also provide a hyperstrong suggestion, and then automatically store it.  

Following are some suggested password managers from the NCA; compare them and see what works best for you: 

 

The NCA also offers  these resources to help you choose:

 

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