In this digital age, where we increasingly rely on technology for nearly every aspect of our lives, safeguarding our online presence is paramount. It is an ongoing challenge, with cyber threats evolving just as rapidly as technology itself. At 208Geek, we understand the importance of cybersecurity. What’s more, we’ve seen, firsthand, the changing landscape of password security. And while the most popular password is no longer the word “Password,” things have not improved greatly. In this blog, we discuss password problems.
Solving Password Problems
Most of us have been guilty of using weak passwords at some point. It’s easy to fall into the trap of using simple, easy-to-remember passwords. No one likes the task of wrangling dozens of difficult-to-remember terms. However, recently, there has been an interesting shift in the world of cybersecurity. The most common password is no longer "password," it is now “12345.” While this may seem like a step in the right direction, we must not let our guard down. In fact, no password is good if it’s common.
The fact that people had to switch from simple eight letters to numbers signifies that hackers have become more sophisticated, moving away from the low-hanging fruit. They now employ advanced tactics to crack passwords. And if we’re not careful, we could easily become their next target.
Here are a few ideas for how to stay ahead in the cybersecurity game:
Create Strong, Unique Passwords
Come up with strong, unique passwords for each online account. A strong password typically includes a combination of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid using easily guessable information like birthdays, anniversaries, addresses or common phrases. Much of this information is posted to social media. So, a hacker need not be a private investigator to crack the code.
Managing multiple strong passwords can be challenging. That’s where password managers come in handy. They securely store your passwords and auto-fill them when needed, ensuring you don't have to remember all those complex combinations. But, as we’ve mentioned before, don’t rely on third-party software for this. Stick with the password manager that comes with your PC or Apple computer.
Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
Implementing 2FA adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. Even if a hacker somehow cracks your password, they won't be able to access your account without the second verification step.
Regular Password Updates
Keep your operating system, software, and antivirus programs up to date. Software updates often include security patches that protect your system from known vulnerabilities.
If you run a business, ensure that your employees are well-informed about cybersecurity best practices. Human error is one of the leading causes of data breaches.
Regularly back up your data to prevent data loss in case of a cyberattack. Consider using a reliable cloud storage service or an external hard drive for this purpose.
If you are unsure about your cybersecurity measures or suspect a breach, don't hesitate to seek professional help. At 208Geek, we offer expert IT services to assess and fortify your digital defenses.
Remember, cybersecurity is an ongoing process, not a “one-and-done” proposition. As technology advances, so do the threats. By staying vigilant and adopting proactive cybersecurity measures, we can protect ourselves and our businesses from falling victim to cyberattacks.
At 208Geek, we are committed to helping the Meridian, Idaho community stay safe online. Whether you need assistance with setting up strong passwords, implementing 2FA, or conducting a thorough cybersecurity assessment, our experienced team is here to assist you. Your online security is our top priority, and we're just a call or click away.
About 208Geek in Meridian, Idaho
Owner/Operator Jacob Van Vliet began building and repairing computer systems for friends and family out of his home in 2001. Jacob was receiving so many requests for computer repair, that in the Fall of 2005, he opened 208 Geek with the vision of providing outstanding service and peace of mind. He has committed 208 Geek to delivering unparalleled, friendly, and professional service, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.