There’s a scene in Spaceballs, a movie by Mel Brooks, where the evil Spaceballs are trying to steal air from the planet Druidia. To do so, they force the king of Druidia to give up the password - 1,2,3,4,5 - to the airlock. After you hear the password, one character exclaims, “That’s the stupidest combination i’ve heard in my life.” While it may be stupid and you’ll probably never hear someone admit their password is 12345, recent account leaks from a number of websites have proven we still use passwords that are easy to guess when they shouldn’t be.
Here are three tips on ensuring that your password is secure and how to keep it that way.
Strength is important Websites use a security method called hashing to ensure your passwords are secure. Hashing is an algorithm that encodes your password, making it theoretically harder to unravel.
You shouldn’t trust on hashing to keep your password secure as recent breaches have shown that a company’s hashing may not be secure. Instead, pick a password that’s hard to guess. The most effective passwords have no full English words and a mixture of numbers and symbols. e.g., San1@3 is more secure than San123.
Watch for apres-hack emails After a company’s systems have been hacked and account information stolen, scammers often jump at the opportunity to send emails to users. These emails are designed to look like they come from the company when they really are phishing campaigns aimed at getting you to enter your personal information, or have links to websites with malware. If you get an email from a website, don’t click the links in the email. You should go directly to the website in your browser and log in from there.
Have more than one password Ideally you should use a different password for each website you have an account with, however, it can be hard to remember so many passwords. At the very least you should have separate passwords for work, personal and bank/financial related accounts.
If you’re worried about the strength of your password or the general security of your devices please contact us, we may have a solution for you.