The Most Asked Questions – and Answers – About Password Security

Benji Sawyer
March 4, 2021

Password security doesn’t have to be as difficult as we often believe. Don’t get us wrong: It’s a critical issue for businesses and individuals. Yet, by following a few tested practices, you can maintain a high level of security to help protect your data, as well as that of your employees and clients. That said, to help you “up your password game,” we’ve answered below the most frequently asked questions we get on the topic, including how to manage what seems an ever-growing hoard of those passwords. If, however, you don’t see the information you’re looking for, feel free to contact us at Sawyer Solutions. We’ll be happy to help.

What Makes a Strong Password?

Most websites and apps already have several password requirements in place that help strengthen security. You’ve no doubt seen many of them, including the need for passwords to contain a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as at least one number and symbol. Still, there are a few other DOs and DON’Ts that are good to remember:

How Often Should You Change Your Password?

Some recommendations suggest changing your password every month, but not only is that a lot to keep up with, it can actually INCREASE your security risks because eventually, you’ll end up using a word or phrase that’s easy to hack. You’ll want to change your password no more than once a year, unless ...

Keeping these factors in mind can make sure your passwords remain up-to-date and secure, without having to re-learn unique password combinations every 30 days.

How Should You Store and Remember Passwords?

Creating multiple unique and lengthy passwords quickly adds up. Instead of memorizing them (which if you could, we’d be impressed), you can use a secure password manager. Password managers store and protect passwords, and can even help you generate hard-to-crack passwords. We recommend using LastPass.When using a password manager:

We also recommend not letting browsers save your passwords, and signing out of your accounts when you’re no longer actively in them.

Do I Need Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor (also called multi-factor authentication) sounds complicated, but in reality it's a simple way to provide an extra level of security to your accounts. When two-factor authentication is enabled, you’ll be required to enter a second piece of information -- in addition to your password -- to get into your account. Some of the common ways this occurs includes:

Am I Secure?

We’ve listed several best practices to keep your passwords secure and your accounts safe, but your business may have other vulnerabilities that no amount of password managers will be able to defend against. At Sawyer Solutions, we’re experienced in helping small and medium-sized businesses identify ways to get the security they need, in ways that are customized to fit their needs and budget. If you have questions about creating password security guidelines for your company, or aren’t sure if you have the right cybersecurity in place, we’d love to hear from you! We offer FREE no-strings-attached consultations to help you ensure your business is set up for success! Protect your business today!

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